Chinese Carved Bamboo Figure of a Sage, Qing Dynasty, 18th Century For Sale
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Chinese Carved Bamboo Figure of a Sage, Qing Dynasty, 18th Century


A sweet and lovely Chinese bamboo carving of the sage Dongfang Shuo, mid-Qing dynasty, 18th century. Well carved form a single section of bamboo, the carving depicts the historical Han dynasty figure Dongfang Shuo. The sage, scholar, court jester, and later, Taoist transcendent, wears a knowing smile on his face, his long hair tied into a neat topknot, his long beard falling gracefully. Dongfang Shuo is portrayed as a sage, seated upon a rocky outcrop, dressed in loose robes and sandals, holding a basket overflowing with lingzhi (the fungus of immortality) in one hand, clutching the sash of his robe in the other. At his back are a double gourd flask (a symbol often associated with Taoist sages), and a long handled axe. The bamboo with a lovely and warm, dark reddish brown patina. For a very similar example, please see lot 3025 of Sothebys Hong Kong April 7, 2015 sale, as well as Christie's Hong Kong December 3, 2008 sale, lot 2324.


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  • Condition Details
    In fine condition, with some dust accumulation to the crevices. The bamboo seemingly with some holes plugged during the carving. Please see photos.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 6 in. x W 5 in. x D 4.82 in.H 15.24 cm x W 12.7 cm x D 12.25 cm
  • Seller Location
    Austin, TX
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