Rare Museum Quality Seated Temple Figure / Statue.  China.

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Heavy layer of gold gilt.  Sealed prayer chamber on back.    From a special art exhibit in NYC in May 2000.

 

Although labelled as a Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644), I have some doubts.  If this is an empress or immortal, the hair style is more in line with the Sui and Tang Dynasties (581 – 907).  Most likely this statue – with the temple makeup and the heavy gold gilt – is from the early 1700s (Qing Dynasty).... although it is hard to imagine a misrepresentation from this highly-rated art exhibit.

 

Exceedingly rare in this condition.   For the Serious Collector.    Stand not included.

 

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