In his left hand a ceremonial jar that may have had personal meaning to the individual that commissioned this statue. Most likely originated in the Jiangsu province in China. This is also a more contemporary piece the palette brighter the colors fresh and all the gold bright. The bottom also indicates a newer cut not as deep a patina as some of our other examples of Taoist Deities. This Taoist Deity has been rendered in the highest level of detail and skill.
The carving is excellent and his hair authentic (most likely horse hair Ive been told). His armor and robes stunning with all the fine detail definitely post Jade Emperor in the pantheon. His throne with gold dragon heads holding pearls at each nicely wood finished arm and finely structured chair which has a ding at the back right hand side pictured.
In really excellent condition all items intact and present which really completes this composition. The statue stands 10 tall and the base is 6 ½ wide x 5 ½ deep. This Taoist statue is part of our large collection amassed over a lifetime of collecting.
This is an authentic museum quality rendition of the Taoist Deity Qian Gu Fu. Please see the many photos for the composition and condition of this rare statue. If you have a special request we will do our best to adjust the schedule to accommodate your schedule.It is my intention to be as clear and accurate as possible. In the event I make an error, I will always do my best to remedy the situation. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Coffee cup is for scale purposes only.
The spelling of different deities can vary in the English language because the translation is phonetic and the pronunciation and subsequent spelling varies. Taoism is a religio-philosophical tradition that has, along with Confucianism, shaped Chinese life for more than 2,000 years. Taoism encompasses both a Taoist philosophical tradition (Tao-chia) associated with the Tao-te Ching (Lao-tzu), Chuang-tzu, Lieh-tzu, and other texts, and a Taoist religious tradition (Tao-chiao) with organized doctrine, formalized cultic activity, and institutional leadership. These two forms of Taoist expression are clearly interrelated, though at many points in tension.Aspects of both philosophical and religious Taoism were appropriated in East Asian cultures influenced by China, especially Korea, Japan, and Vietnam. The initiated Taoist priest saw the many gods as manifestations of the one Dao. He had been ritually trained to know the names, ranks, and powers of important spirits, and to ritually direct them through meditation and visualization. In his meditations, he harmonized and reunited them into their unity with the one Dao. However, only the educated believers knew anything of the complex theological system of the priest.
As the Taoist pantheon developed, it came to mirror the imperial bureaucracy in heaven and hell. The head of the heavenly bureaucracy was the Jade Emperor, who governed spirits assigned to oversee the workings of the natural world and the administration of moral justice. The gods in heaven acted like and were treated like the officials in the world of men; worshipping the gods was a kind of rehearsal of attitudes toward secular authorities.On the other hand, the demons and ghosts of hell acted like and were treated like the bullies, outlaws, and threatening strangers in the real world; they were bribed by the people and were ritually arrested by the martial forces of the spirit officials. The common people, who after all had little influence with their earthly rulers, sought by worshipping spirits to keep troubles at bay and ensure the blessings of health, wealth, and longevity. The item "Most interesting Taoist Statue Rarely Seen Qian Gu Fu Hard Carved Wood Gold Gilt" is in sale since Thursday, August 14, 2014. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Figurines & Statues". The seller is "toronita1" and is located in Port Orange, Florida. This item can be shipped worldwide.