Taoist Immortal, China, Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Copper alloy, lacquered and gilded. H. 67 cm. The imposing deity is seated, hands folded in front of her, holding a Hu tablet. She is dressed in a robe with wide folds and wears a bonnet. His serene face is adorned with a long beard and waving moustache. He may be Wenchang Wang, god of culture and literature.
Along with the next lot, this sculpture was once part of an ensemble that adorned an important temple in the Ming period. It is of a very large size and high quality compared with comparable known representations.
- Acquired by the current owner's mother in the 1970s.