29 March 2006
AN UNUSUAL CARVED BAMBOO FIGURAL GROUP OF SHOULAO AND ATTENDANTS
Shoulao, the god of Longevity, shown with characteristic exaggerated cranium and holding in his right hand a stalk of lingzhi, seated on a deer with head turned sharply to one side and grasping in its mouth a lingzhi sprig, flanked by a pair of smaller figures of attendants wearing loose robes, one holding a ruyi scepter, the other a long staff, all supported on a bamboo base carved as rockwork and set on a pierced and stained crescent-shaped hardwood stand
18½ in. (47 cm.) high including stand, box
Spink & Son, London.
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A pair of bamboo figures similarly carved to the present two attendants in the collection of the Hong Kong Museum of Art is illustrated by Ip Yee and L.C.S. Tam, Chinese Bamboo Carving, Part I, Hong Kong, 1978, p. 479, no. 169.
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