Rare Museum Quality Seated Temple Figure / Statue. China.
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.