Antique Kitchen God and His Wife, China (16850H-BME) $785


H: 7.75″  W: 3.25″  D: 2.375″ | free shipping!

Finely detailed and carved from dense wood, this Kitchen God and his Wife monitor the members of the home from their perch above the stove. Near mirror images of each other they wear layered gold officials’ robes with decorative sashes and symbolically hold a hu tablet. They are in excellent condition with most of the original pigmentation and gilt and make unique wedding gifts..



While most families have had prints or paper-cuts of the Kitchen God (Zao Shen) with or without his wife above their stove, carved images with a lacquer coating were owned by wealthier families. The Kitchen God is syncretic as a Taoist, Popular Religion and Buddhist tutelary deity, beloved among house-gods as protector of the home. He observes the family’s behavior and morality and on Chinese New Year ascends to the heavens to report to the Jade Emperor where a favorable report brings blessings, good fortune and continued life, and a poor one brings misfortune or possible death to family members. Each of this pair has an indentation to symbolize holding a hu-tablet.  This folk-art pair makes unique house warming or wedding gifts and add positive chi to any household. They were covered in red, the color of fu, and lacquer and have cavities closed with a bung indicating they were consecrated. Kitchen Gods radiate warmth, especially when placed near the stove and are unique house warming or wedding gifts and add positive chi and enhance feng shui in any home. Kitchen God images, especially in. pairs are  very difficult to find and very collectible.

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Additional information

Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 6 in
Place of Origin



Antique, Qing Dynasty


19th Century

Materials and Technique


Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 7.75” W: 3.25” D: 2.375”

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 19.685cm W : 8.255cm D: 6.0325cm


1 lb 6oz


Excellent, fine patina demonstrating age and use

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