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PROPERTY FROM A HONG KONG PRIVATE FAMILY COLLECTION

A LARGE CARVED WOOD FIGURE OF A FEMALE IMMORTAL
SONG – MING DYNASTY
Estimate
100,000150,000
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441

PROPERTY FROM A HONG KONG PRIVATE FAMILY COLLECTION

A LARGE CARVED WOOD FIGURE OF A FEMALE IMMORTAL
SONG – MING DYNASTY
Estimate
100,000150,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Chinese ‎Art including Selected Works of Art from the T.Y. Chao Family Collection

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A LARGE CARVED WOOD FIGURE OF A FEMALE IMMORTAL
SONG – MING DYNASTY
possibly depicting Xiwangmu, Queen Mother of the West, the seated immortal clad in long flowing robes falling into voluminous folds and draped over with a shawl at the shoulders, her hands resting on her lap and concealed under neatly pleated garments, the face with a benevolent expression with downcast eyes and a gentle smile, flanked by a pair of pendulous ears suspending beaded earrings, the hair gathered into a high chignon crowned with a phoenix headdress
88 cm, 34 5/8  in.
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Provenance

Christie's South Kensington, 19th June 1998, lot 574.

Catalogue Note

This piece is particularly attractive for the soft and expressive modelling of the figure’s facial features, which exudes a sense of serenity and confidence. The simple and low-relief folds of her robes which fall in vertical parallel lines are reminiscent of stone sculpture and further emphasise the majesty of the large seated figure. Compare a similarly carved sculpture of a female figure with the hands concealed beneath a cloth, sold at Christie’s New York, 17th September 2008, lot 383; another with traces of gilding, sold at Christie’s London, 14th-17th June 1985, lot 398; and a third included in the exhibition Cultural Artifacts of Taoism, National Museum of History, Taipei, 2006, p. 131. See also a wood figure of a standing deity, attributed to the Northern Song period, illustrated in Zhongguo meishu quanji. Diaosu bian [The complete series on Chinese art. Sculpture], vol. 5, Beijing, 1988, pl. 84, together with a much larger polychrome painted example, dressed in a similar robe, pl. 83.

Chinese ‎Art including Selected Works of Art from the T.Y. Chao Family Collection

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Hong Kong