Chinese Rose Wood Carving
Boy No Cha
Origin: China. Circa: Early 1900's
Closed: H 20.5 in.(52.5cm), W 6 in.(15cm),
D 6 in.(15cm)
Condition: minor age cracks, o.a. very good!
intricately antique Bodhisattva statue, in a multiple carved through column, featuring
a charming young boy grabbing the horn of a geyser spraying dragon rising from
the turbulence, where two more figures are seen trapped in the swirling waves.
The fierce twirling dragon is
meticulously carved with intersecting
fish scales, double-inlaid
pearl eyes, and thirteen
sumptuous hair bundles flaring into an opened cage. The
rosewood statue is highly polished and stained in a rich red hue. It has no major
defect other than a
few minor splits due to its age.
Boy No Cha is an inspiring deity in Chinese mythology adapted both in Buddhism
and Taoism. As described in the book “Creation of The Gods”. Red Boy was an incarnation
of the Divinity Pearl born
a bouncing lump of flesh, his father The Pagoda Bearer thought that it was a demon
and cut it open, and from which the child emerged with a magic golden bracelet
on his wrist. As told here in this statue, No Cha was a toddler bathing by the
seashore and causing a tsunami. When the son of the Dragon King rose from the
sea to investigate, No Cha had him captured and removed the spine of the Dragon
Prince. For which Red
Boy was denounced by his father, and he sliced all the flesh from his body to
repented the crime. Later the Bodhisattva of Compassion Kuan Yin appeared to revived
him by reconstituting his body with
lotus leaves, and transformed the Red Boy into a fierce protector of the faith.
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