Lacquered Gilt Wood Pair
Qing Dynasty, Circa: 19th Century
(19cm.), W 3.75" (9.5cm.), D 3"
good, minor gilt loss
shrines in China typically displayed statues of courtly attendants making offerings
to the local deities to ensure stability and abundance. This pair is well appointed
and supplied with rich offerings, the one holding a huge coin, the other in the
act of opening a gift box to present its contents. Both figures are well carved
with benevolent expressions; covered with red and black lacquer, over which the
heavy gilding was applied. Expert lacquering has preserved the opulent gilding,
which glows with deep golden tones.