A Ming carved wooden figure of a women that represents a female deity. The primary deity of salvational sectarian religion, she is a grandmotherly figure who wants to call back to heaven all of her children, the inhabitants of this world. The cults devoted to her were often explicitly egalitarian, and women played prominent roles as leaders. Religion offered women in traditional China a wider variety of social roles than did any other realm, and perhaps as important as the social roles, religion (especially popular religion) presented to Chinese women a rich symbolic structure in which female gender was validated. Age:1368-1644 AD. Size: H. 20.5cm. Base W. 10.5cm.
Condition: Some loss of the wood through the ages. The hair has been covered with some type of cement like substance.