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(On Hold) Antique Chinese Painted Temple Sculpture, T'ung Chi period in China circa 1865

A large antique Chinese hand carved and painted female temple figure from the T'ung Chi period in China circa 1865. The beauty and serenity of this figure is evident in her seated position and calm facial expression. Most likely in her right hand there was a token of benevolence that has since been lost because of the open space between her fingers. The combination of the brilliant primary colours that define her clothing dramatically highlight the face and her ears showcase a pair of drop earrings. The entire figure is carved from a single block of timber and the base shows the passage of time as this figure was always seated upon a table in an open courtyard. The monumental scale and the bold carving have retained their power and this figure continues to be a visual focal point no matter where it is placed.

# HKB273

DIMENSIONS

7.75" w x 10.50" d x 28.00" h

19.69cm w x 26.67cm d x 71.12cm h

A large hand carved and painted female temple figure from the T'ung Chi period in China c.1865. The beauty and serenity of this figure is evident in her seated position and calm facial expression. Most likely in her right hand there was a token of benevolence that has since been lost because of the open space between her fingers. The combination of the brilliant primary colours that define her clothing dramatically highlight the face and her ears showcase a pair of drop earrings. The entire figure is carved from a single block of timber and the base shows the passage of time as this figure was always seated upon a table in an open courtyard. The monumental scale and the bold carving have retained their power and this figure continues to be a visual focal point no matter where it is placed.