A Chinese Carved, Painted & Gilded Bamboo Figure. 17/18th. Century.
Ht. on stand 6 ins. (15.2 cms) This is one of a very interesting series of similar figures we have listed. They are carved from the root of the bamboo, the only solid part that can be carved. The root would be inverted and the integral stand on the figures would be the top of the root from which root growths would radiate outwards. It is unusual to see Chinese bamboo carvings painted and gilded. They would have been quite a de-luxe production as the gilding is done with gold leaf. We have been unable to identify the individual figures but they are probably court officials and servants.
The separate stand is a later European addition. The figure is in good condition. There is old wear as on all the figures.