Antique Attendant with Marriage Inscription, China (16260ZOK) $485


H: 7.5”  W: 3”  D: 2.75” | FREE SHIPPING!

This precious finely-carved diminutive figurine is an enlightened Buddhist attendant who stands on a double lotus base used only for enlightened beings as part of an array of images to bless the family for a special occasion – the marriage of a son or daughter as indicated by the inscription on the back. With hands in reverence her eyes glance down down modestly with dellight for the figure she attends and the joyous occasion .  The skillful modeling of the image and the detailed inscription make this a very special piece.



This sweet diminutive  antique-Chinese-wood-carving of an enlightened Buddhist attendant on a double lotus base that was commissioned by the proud father to celebrate and bless a marriage as indicated by the inscription on the rear 陈门李氏双全 that indicates that it belonged to the Lee family. Although its meaning is not entirely clear, it appears to have been commissioned to commemorate the marriage between Mr. Chen and Miss Li. Too small to have a cavity, the inscription probably was its form of being consecrated. She has a shaved head has two thick pigtails, hands under a finely carved ritual cloth and half-closed eyes gazing in blissful joy for the special occasion. The enlightenment status of attendants is symbolized by a double lotus pedestal and pendulous earlobes. The red color covered by lacquer is a wish for the Five Blessings or Happinesses to the newly married couple.The skilled modeling t of her face and head, her appealing facial features, the well-carved folds in her garments, and the details of the lotus base make this a very special small yet distinctive sculpture that was placed on a home altar. Originally intended to celebrate a wedding, it would make a superb wedding gift. It is mounted on a modern uniquely crafted hand finished frosted Acrylic base  and is part of the VA Collection of Buddhist-Art

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Additional information

Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 6 in
Place of Origin



Antique, Qing Dynasty


19-20th Century

Materials and Technique


Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 7.5" W: 3" D: 2.75"

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 19.05cm W: 7.62cm D: 6.985 cm


8 oz


Very good, patina and wear consistent with age and use

Item Number

16260 ZOK