China, a carved and painted wood group of Taoist Trinity Figures, 95cm, 36” high
and 35cm, 14” in width, early Qing dynasty, 18th-19th century
the serene seated figures known as the three pure ones carved in the round in soft wood
on lotus depicted log bases with gentle soothing faces, top knots, draped robes with inner tunics possessing remnant gilding, reverse with purposely carved compartments for
sacred scripts and each having brandished a specific Taoist insignia all over covered with weathered surfaces including remnant red, white, blue, and black polychrome appropriate to their age.
Provenance: Originally found in the vicinity of Chengdu, Sichuan Province,
Taoism evolved its own pantheon of deities that were worshipped in temples. These Taoist deities, like the Buddhist or Hindu pantheon, represented different qualities and attributes. Various
ceremonies, depending on circumstances were conducted to appeal to them. They include the so called San-ching, Three Pure Ones. They are Yu-ch’ing (Jade Pure), Shang-ch’ing (Upper Pure) and T’ai-ch’ing (Great Pure). They are believed to be different manifestations of Lao Tzu, the 6th century BC father of Taoism and purported contemporary of Confucius. They are not rulers, but rather seek to save mankind by teaching and benevolence
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