SOLD Antique Queen Mother of the West on Raised Pedestal, China (16206A-WACK)
SOLD | H: 23.25″ W: 9.25″ D: 6.5″
This Queen Mother of the West, the highest ranking female Taoist deity was probably displayed as a pair along a statue of Guanyin, the most significant Buddhism female (Guanyin on a Lotus Pedestal (16206B) highlighting the importance and similarity of these revered female images Like the Guanyin, the Queen Mother’s delicately carved face has half closed eyes, serene composure mouth with a hint of a smile, which is more Buddhist than Taoist. Her headdress, centered by her iconic phoenix, rests under a hood extending to her shoulders and back. She wears a high collared three-layered Taoist robe, her hands covered by a ritual cloth.
Irvin identifies the Queen-Mother of the West as one of the three Great Chinese Goddesses who all were imperially sanctioned revered by all sectors of society. All are syncretic deities embraced by Popular Folk Religion, Taoism and Buddhism, share the feminine principles of compassion and are protectors who grant health, long life and safety in distress to all devotees regardless of social class. The three had large cult followings, especially during the Ming and Qing dynasties, and were revered in small local shrines as well as large temples and monasteries dedicated to them. Guanyin and the Queen Mother share roles as guides to a serene death: Guanyin leads deceased souls to rebirth in the Buddhist Western Paradise, which is similar to the Taoist realm into which the Queen Mother guides the deceased. As one of the major Taoist-deities, major iconic feature of the Queen Mother is the phoenix in her headdress and in this image she wears a hood associated with White Robed Guanyin. Both these carving were consecrated and probably placed together on a temple or home altar. Since it originally was displayed alongside the Guanyin on a Lotus Pedestal (16206B) we recommend purchasing this Antique-Chinese-wood-carving and displaying them together. Mounted on a frosted acrylic base, it is in very good condition although much of its black, red and green polychrome and lacquer was removed leaving traces of the original pigment and there are minor cracks and losses. This carving is part of the VA Spiritual-and-Inspirational Collection of Deities-and-Legends
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Lee Irwin, “Divinity and Salvation: The Great Goddesses of China,” in Asian Folklore Studies, Indiana University, Vol. 49, 1990, pp 53-68.
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Antique, Qing Dynasty
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Wood, polychrome, lacquer
Ht: 23.25” W: 9.25” D: 6.5”
Ht: 59.05cm W: 23.49cm D: 16.51cm
Very good, no repairs/restorations (see description).
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