A finely carved gilt wood sculpture of a Chinese female general, mounted on a prancing Tang-style horse. She is shown glancing back over her shoulder while grasping the reins in her right hand and holding a large bow in her raised left hand. The figures are going down a rocky path amid pine trees, and there are stylized waves from a river beneath them. The elegantly clad General holds a bow in one hand as her cape blows behind her in the wind. At her side is a large quiver of arrows. This is a deeply carved statue with partially flat red lacquer back. The sculpture is attached on a wide redwood painted stand. Chinese history is replete with stories about famous female Generals, such as Fu Hao, Mu Guiying, and other female warriors that rode into battle on horseback, armed with bows and arrows as their primary weapon. The figure depicted in this statue may very well represent one of those famous Chinese women, but that remains a secret known only to the artist. This carving was acquired in 1976 and has been in an enclosed showcase since then.
Date: From 1900.
Size/Weight: Total height is 10-3/4”, and the carving is 9-1/2”H x 8”W x 2-1/4”D (figures); weight is 1.6 lbs.