Antique Queen Mother of the West Casting Out Demons, China (16093BSK) $585

$585.00

H: 11.5”  W: 5.375”  D: 4.25” | FREE SHIPPING

The Queen Mother of the West is one of the most significant Taoist female deities and a patron deity of woman who still pray to her on her birthday for health and longevity.This charming image sits on a backless throne with decorated pedestal, her iconic phoenix in her crown.  Her left hand is in karana mudra to cast out demons and negative energy. As it was consecrated it probably wasplaced on a home altar for personal devotion.

 

 

Description

The Queen Mother of the West is one of the most significant of the female Taoist-deities and as a syncretic deity, has a huge Popular Religion and Buddhist cult following.  She is one of the Great Chinese Goddesses and patron deity of women who controls life and death, creation and destruction and determines the life span of all living beings. Her Images appear in local temples and shrines. On her birthday, Taoists, especially women, pray to her to grant health and longevity.  During the Qing Dynasty, local provincial artisans made wood carvings of her to place on a home altar which differed from those sanctioned by religious, imperial, or government entities. Provincial carvings like this are more like folk-art, modest and charming rather than ornate or refined. Her crown in this antique-Chinese-wood-carving contains her iconic phoenix over her pendulous ears dressed in a high-necked outer garment with an ornamental disc and a scarf from her girdle. Her hand is in karana mudra to cast out demons, negative energy and purify infected spaces. Her face was probably repainted decades ago as was common with spiritual images. This image which was was placed on a home altar and consecrated with a sealed and lacquered bung is in very good condition with surface losses and cracks consistent with age. This carving is part of the VA Collection of Deities-and-Legends.

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Additional information

Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 14 × 10 × 6 in
Place of Origin

China

Period

Antique, Qing Dynasty

Date

18-19th Century

Materials and Technique

Wood

Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 11.5” W: 5.375” 4.25”

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 29.21 cm W: 13.65cm D: 10.79cm

Weight

1 lb 14oz

Condition

Very good, patina and wear consistent with age and use

Reference Number

16093BSK