Antique Official in Red Robes with a Hu Tablet, China (16851BOK)


H: 15.5:  W: 6.125″  D: 4.125″ | free shipping!

This fine ancestor figure portrayed as a Chinese official with many indications of his high status. He sits on a backless chair upon a high decorative pedestal upon which his feet rest and . He wears officials attire: a futou cap and high collared red robe with double belt extending to his shoes. He sits in a formal pose with hands on his thighs holding a long slender  hu tablet. His facial hairs indicate a mustache and beard, now partially lost, on his gilt colored face.



Ancestor-figures portrayed as Chinese-officials were placed on a home altar with other house gods and religious images to bring fu to the household. During the Qing dynasty, designation as an Official was so significant families sought to emphasize this achievement in family ancestral figures. As traditional,  this carve official has a serious expression, sits on a backless chair on a high decorative pedestal resting feet in black shoes and wears officials-attire, a high collared red robe extending to the top of his shoes, hands on his thighs  the right holding a long slender curved hu-tablet and a double belt above and below his ample stomach – all signs of his office and status. As headwear indicated a civil official’s high rank he wears a  somber black cloth futuo (meaning ‘black gauze cap’) worn by Ming officials and depicted in Qing images when ot became more fitted and structured. The holes on his face with short hairs indicate his moustache and beard, now partially lost. His face is gilt and red signifing fu  and the Five Blessings or Happinesses and reinforce his high status. Ancestor-worship was a cornerstone of Confucianism, ancestor figures were the highest form of filial piety.  Most that survived, like this, have expected worn surfaces, cracks, paint and lacquer losses, and old  wood pest damage. Although the left wing on base is missing and the right one is reattached, it remains a great piece in very good condition with much of its painted and gilt surface remaining. The sealed bung over the back cavity indicates it was consecrated.

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Additional information

Weight 7 lbs
Dimensions 18 × 12 × 6 in
Place of Origin



Antique, Qing Dynasty


18th century

Materials and Technique


Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 15.5” W 6.125” D: 4.125”

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 39.37cm W: 15.56cm D: 10.48cm


3 lb


Very good, has restorations/repairs (see description)

Item Number



6” to 11.9”

Shipping Box Size