• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 2027

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 383

    A PAINTED WOOD FIGURE OF A FEMALE DAOIST IMMORTAL

    SONG DYNASTY (960-1279)

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A PAINTED WOOD FIGURE OF A FEMALE DAOIST IMMORTAL
    SONG DYNASTY (960-1279)
    Possibly representing the Mother of Heaven, the figure shown seated with hands clasped beneath a cloth in front of the chest, the top of the cloth with a rectangular slot, wearing a shawl over layered robes with a stiff inner collar and feather-bordered sleeves, the oval face carved with small mouth and nose and small rounded pupils in the hooded eyes, the hair pulled up behind a ruyi-head tiara and covered with a cloth, with a large rectangular opening in the back, extensive traces of black, dark red and green pigment and gilding
    35 in. (89 cm.) high, stand


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    A very similar wood figure of a seated female Daoist immortal described as the Queen Mother of the East Mountain, but of larger size (152 cm. high) and dated to the Song dynasty, from the Liang-sheng T'ang Collection is illustrated in Ancient Chinese Sculpture II, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan, 2000, p. 90, no. 35. Another similar figure, but shown standing and dated to the Northern Song dynasty, is illustrated in Zhongguo meishu quanji; diaosu bian; Wudai Song diaosu, Beijing, 1988, vol. 5, p. 91, no. 84. Refer, also, to the two polychrome wood standing figures of female Daoist immortals flanking a shrine of the immortal Yuhuangdadi in the Yudi Hall of the Yuhuang Temple dated to the AD 1076 in Jincheng, Shanxi province, illustrated ibid., p. 88, no. 82.

    Pre-Lot Text

    VARIOUS PROPERTIES