Daoist Deity (unnamed) on Water Buffalo


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Artifact Identification Daoist Deity (unnamed) on Water Buffalo   (1999.13.0014)
  1. Communication Artifacts
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  3. Art
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Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Late 18th - 19th century
Culture Chinese

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Height) 26.6 cm
Dimension 2 (Width) 18.2 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 14.6 cm
Weight 778 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Plant--Bamboo
Manufacturing Processes Carved
Munsell Color Information Dark Reddish Brown (2.5YR 2/4) -Head of buffalo. Dark Brown (5YR 2/4) -Head of man. Moderate Brown (5YR 3/4) -Back of buffalo.

Research Remarks

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"A fine Chinese bamboo carving of a jovial Daoist immortal astride a water buffalo, late 18th/19th c., 11"H. The deity is seated sideways.

Bamboo (Bambusa arundinacea) is the most diffcult wood to carve. It is hard as horn although it is hollow and segmented. It is lustrous and ranges in hue from lemon yellow to black, with warm tones in cherry red, tortoise-shell, mahogany, as well as variegated hues. Bamboo represents longevity because it flourishes throughout the winter. It is highly prized." - Bernie McManus, Appraiser, Woodbury House, Connecticut, 10/23/1999

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Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication Fred A. Freund Collection
Reproduction No
Reproduction Information N/A

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