Chinese Carved Soapstone Immortal and Attendant, Qing Dynasty, 19th Century For Sale
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Chinese Carved Soapstone Immortal and Attendant, Qing Dynasty, 19th Century

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A charming figure of the Taoist Immortal Xiwangmu, the Queen Mother of the West, and a young attendant, Qing Dynasty, late 19th century. Xiwangmu is carved as a matronly figure dressed in voluminous robes with billowing scarves and a cloud collar. She holds a large ruyi scepter in her hands. Her hair done up in a high chignon. A small attendant stands close to her side, dressed in a similar fashion, and holding a large fan at Xiwangmu's back. Carved in two parts, the figures, and the base. The figures carved from a beautiful waxy soapstone, with traces of polychrome remaining. The base carved and pierced with swirling clouds shaped like ruyi or lingzhi. Xiwangmu, the Queen Mother of the West, is one of the most beloved goddesses in Chinese mythology, representing prosperity and longevity.

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  • Of the Period
  • Place of Origin
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1880
  • Condition Details
    A small loss the to the flowing scarf of the main figure on one side. Some very minor chips to the top of the base. The pigments worn. Please see photos for details.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor fading.
  • Dimensions
    H 10.25 in. x W 5 in. x D 2 in.H 26.04 cm x W 12.7 cm x D 5.08 cm
  • Seller Location
    Austin, TX
  • Reference Number
    LU894714374902
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