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Antique Chinese Soapstone Statue
Zhong Kui
Shoki With Little Boy

Origin: China, Circa: Early 1900S'
H 5.5 in.(14cm), W 3 in.(7.5cm), D 2.5 in.(6.5cm)
Condition : hairlines, o.a. good

Zhong Kui made his first appearance in the 8th century, when the Tang Emperor Ming Huang was haunted by demons during his sleep. Then one night he dreamed of a towering behemoth capturing and eating a smaller demon. Upon awakening, the Emperor instructed the court painter Wu Daozi to paint a portrait of the Ghost Eater. This became the first image of Zhong Kui, a black faced judge of Hell with a large flaring beard, dressed in imperial robes with bat-eared hat, holding an iron fan and wielding a large sword

This soapstone statue of the Judge of Hell, Zhong Kui is holding a iron fan, with a small boy clinging to the side clenching his robe, seemingly afraid of the dark, and seeking protection from the Demon Eater. These figures are expertly carved on a bluish gray stone with haze of white specks, with design motifs showing signs of an older carving.


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