Daoist Deity

Figure
1368 - 1644 (made)
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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
China, Room 44, The T.T. Tsui Gallery
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The standing daoist deity wears an official hat and is dressed in a long-sleeved robe, with his hands clasped and probably originally held a tablet. The statue is painted and gilded with rich colours, apparently at various times. In the back is a movable panel.
In Daoism, a deity represents a historical figure who was worshipped in local temples after death because of good deeds.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Carved wood, painted and gilt
Brief Description
Figure of a daoist deity, China, Ming dynasty.
Physical Description
A standing Daoist deity wears an official hat and are dressed in a long sleeved robe. His hands are clasped and probably originally held a tablet. In the back is a movable panel. There are traces of gilding and red, green and blue pigment on the drapery.
Dimensions
  • Height: 83.82cm
Object history
This is one of the two figures the museum acquired from Messrs. Bluett & Sons in London in May 1921.
Production
Ming dynasty
Summary
The standing daoist deity wears an official hat and is dressed in a long-sleeved robe, with his hands clasped and probably originally held a tablet. The statue is painted and gilded with rich colours, apparently at various times. In the back is a movable panel.

In Daoism, a deity represents a historical figure who was worshipped in local temples after death because of good deeds.
Collection
Accession Number
A.27-1921

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record createdJune 15, 2000
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