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Antique Chinese Bronze Statue of Kui Xing

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Folk Art: Pre 1920: Item # 1258300
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Very whimsical statue of the Chinese god of examinations, Kui Xing, servant to the god of literature, Wen Chang. His name literally means "Chief Star" and is observed to be the spoon of the Big Dipper constellation. He is shown hunchback, as his body is said to have been bent into the shape of a calligraphy character. He is normally depicted with his right foot standing on the character for turtle (ao), to represent the old saying "to stand lonely on the ao's head", or "to come first in examinations". His left foot would normally be balancing a ladle, and in his hands he would carry a brushpot and a brush. Here he is shown with a cute pot belly and joyous expression. Ming dynasty ( 1368-1644) Size: 8.5" height, 7" width