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Chinese Soapstone Carving of Shoulao with Water Buffalo -19th C

Chinese Soapstone Carving of Shoulao with Water Buffalo -19th C

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Hardstones: Pre 1900: Item # 1381525

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Soft smooth great carving of Chinese Daoist God Shoulao, the God of longevity.

Soapstone color is tan with dark brown and reddish spotting. The carving is very good. The beard, the clothing folds, the hair on the fly whisk have deep good line quality. A fine small sculptural work of art.

It has a nice feel of age. The stone is no longer soapy in feeling. With age, soapstone takes on a smooth, hard stone feel.

There is a scratched XI underneath on the base.

3 ¾” x 2 7/8” tall x 1 ½” wide. Weighs 7.1 oz

The carving has no cracks, chips or breaks.

I love this piece. It is very Chinese for Chinese taste. Very classic sculptural look.