Antique Chinese Funerary Tomb Figure

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Seller: donatela_knobadee (148) 100%, Location: Fort Collins, Colorado, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 223599569760 Antique Chinese Funerary Tomb Figure It was customary to bury the departed with some jade or clay articles such as a cicada, a figure of a person or some other article. It was thought to help them in the afterlife. This is such a figure. I am not certain of their age but it is an authentic Chinese antique funerary figure. I started traveling to China on business in 1982 and around the early 1990’s met an elderly man in Beijing who bought and sold antique figures in local markets. I purchased four of these unique black figures from him during that time. The style of the figure, which seems to be a human prostrating itself on hands and knees, is unusual and reminds me of the ancient Sichuan SanXingDui faces. The figure may be KowTowing, which is borrowed from kau tau in Cantonese (ketou in Mandarin Chinese), it is the act of expressing deep respect shown by prostration, that is, kneeling and bowing so low as to have one's head touching the ground. Of course, it may just be a stylized cat, however, the body seems more human than cat-like. This sculpture is composed of a hard dark black material. It is approximately 3 inches long and about 17/8 inch high and has one hole to accept a string so it can be used as a pendent. Region of Origin: China, Primary Material: Hard Black Material, Theme: Men, Women & Children, Original/Reproduction: Antique Original, Features: Handcarved

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