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 Republic era buxus wood carving of Budai, the Laughing Buddha standing
with one foot on a bulky Fu Dog Lion, with two boys merrily playing acrobat on
his shoulders. Budai is frequently seen with children, as it is his habit to wander
the countryside, dispensing gifts and riches and caring for the poor. This statue
is graced with a high degree of artistry that was likely created by one single
carver; as can be seen in the excellent conception and the infallible finishing
of every detail. The face of Budai is a lively portrait with an affable smile
behind which the teeth are individually carved; his features are subtly portrayed
with laughing eyes, visible double-chins and enormous earlobes on his shoulders;
where the two boys are also superbly defined with individual features. In all
a spirited fine carving with a few minor age splits, nevertheless it is overall
well preserved through the ages.
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