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Superb Ancient Chinese Chu Kingdom Wooden Spirit Figure, 350 BC

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An ancient Chinese wooden figure, dating to the Chu Kingdom, circa 4th-3rd century BC. This impressive figure has a tall, powerful body, producing a bold, linear silhouette. The upper part has insertion holes for arms, now lost. Most Chinese spirit figures were made of terracotta, but for a short spell they were made of wood. This example is exceptional in terms of its carving, preservation and provenance. The ancient Chu Kingdom is renowned for its sculptural tradition and wood carving skills. The Chu artists produced abstract human figures, as well as animals such as deer and crane. They even created strange hybrid figures which possessed both human and animal features, which most likely represented shamans. Provenance: From the collection of Mr. Tai Jun Tsei (1910-1992). Informing the Eye of the Collector: Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art from J.T. Tai & Co. New York. Sotheby's, New York, 22nd March 2011, lot 269.

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  • Diameter
    4.5 in. (11.43 cm)
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    LU1052217824552
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