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Bamboo Poutai. Very finely carved. The artist knew how to make all the emotions and characteristics of the character. The delicacy of the movement of the hands slightly retracted in a precious attitude, the joy of the laughing eyes wrinkled with enjoyment, the softness of the mouth. The sympathetic fatness of the neck. All is benevolence.The grain of the fine wood fibers draws on the skull and on the chin a semblance of hair, as well as on the nape of the neck, the defects of the wood correspond to possible curls of hair, it is very likely that the artist knew how to play with the defects of the wood by sublimating them. The bamboo is nuturaly stained white in some places,perhaps minéral inclusions, these are not restorations but a natural colouring of the wood.
As I am not a specialist in bamboo, I cannot say that this is an early Tsing sculpture. The object seems too good to be true, however nothing indicates a recent fake, the sculpture is of excellent quality, the patina and the aspect of the wood seems old, nothing betrays a fake. As it is not possible to decide on photo of the real period,It seems that the buyer should take it in hand before buying.
The colour is unusually very red, like that of the late Ming brush pot in the palace museum, which is illustrated in the treasure book series.
High: 13cm Fine condition. Larger size 19cm