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CHINESE BOX WOOD CARVED “JI GONG” STATUE
2000.00

This very nice boxwood statue with a fitted hard wood base is a mid 20th century product. It depicts a legendary Chinese figure called Ji Gong with one hand holding a wine bottle and the other hand petting his pet lion. It is 9 ½” high (with base is 10 7/16” high), 7 ¾” wide and 4” thick. As the story goes, Ji Gong was a Buddhist of the Southern Song; his dates are 1148~1209. His original name was Li Xin-Yuan. He came from Tai-Zhou in modern Zhe Jiang province, Lin-Hai county. Upon leaving home, his Buddhist name was Dao Ji. He renounced the world to enter Ling Yin Temple in Hang Zhou and afterward moved to Jing Ci Temple. According to legend, he did not follow monastic rules; he ate meat and drank liquor. He was particularly fond of dog meat dipped in garlic sauce. He acted like a drunk and mad man; so, he was called Crazy Monk Ji. After he attained enlightenment, it was common opinion that he was the reincarnation of Xiang-Long Lo Han (one of eighteen Lo Han in a popular Buddhist story about conquering a dragon). So he was honored as Ji Gong. It is in excellent condition.


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