Chinese Carved Boxwood Statue
Budai with Boys
China. Circa: early Republics, 1930s'
12 in.(30cm), W 5.5 in.(14cm), D 5 in.(12.5cm)
Crack lines, overall very good condition!
fine Chinese early Republic era buxus wood carving of Budai, the Laughing Buddha
resting with one foot on a bulky Fu Dog Lion, as two boys playing acrobat on his
shoulders. The statue has a subtle artistry likely created by one single carver;
as can be seen in the frictionless high-hand polishing. The affable smile is a
lively portrait within which the teeth are individually carved; visible double-chins
and enormous earlobes on his shoulders, his features are subtly portrayed with
laughing eyes, two boys are also superbly defined with individual features. In
all a spirited fine carving with a few minor age splits, overall well preserved
through the ages.
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