• For the Enjoyment of Scholars: auction at Christies

    Sale 2391

    For the Enjoyment of Scholars: Selections from the Robert H. Blumenfield Collection

    25 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 862

    AN IVORY FIGURE OF THE IMMORTAL HAN XIANGZI

    17TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    AN IVORY FIGURE OF THE IMMORTAL HAN XIANGZI
    17TH CENTURY
    The standing figure shown playing the flute and wearing belted robes and a cloth covering tied over his topknot
    6 1/8 in. (15.6 cm.) high


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    Han Xiangzi, one of the Eight Daoist Immortals, is a legendary figure who is usually shown playing the flute. Unlike most portrayals of this immortal in ivory, the present figure has an unusual animated quality created by the realistic upward curve of the mouth and the slightly swayed stance, thereby managing to depict someone actually playing rather than just holding the flute. For another more static ivory figure of Han Xiangzi, where the lips are also upturned, see Selected Ivory Carvings from the Sir Victor Sassoon Chinese Ivories Trust, Phillips, London, 1999, no. 26.

    Special Notice

    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.


    Literature

    Lark E. Mason, Asian Art, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2002, p. 196.


    Exhibited

    Oriental Works of Art, Gerard Hawthorn Ltd., London, 11 - 22 June 2001, no. 47.