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Chinese Statues

Whether for religious or auspicious reasons, Chinese figurines and statues served more than just decorative purpose. Common motifs include dragons, elephants, Buddhist deities, emperors, empresses, and foo dogs. These statues, carved from jade or wood or molded in ceramic or metal, were either placed in homes or given as gifts to bring good luck, harmony, and prosperity to a household.

Buddhist deities are often brought into a dwelling to serve are reminders. A Buddha or Bodhisattva might be placed in a room to aid the owner to enlightenment. These Buddhist deity sculptures can be accompanied by images of lions, which protect against evil. These lions, or foo dogs, are placed in front of a home to protect the household.


Quick Facts

  • A popular motif in Chinese statues is the “ruji” or scepter. This ceremonial scepter, with its large cloud-shaped head and s-shaped curved tail, represents power and is thought to bring wealth
  • The most valued medium to create Chinese statues with is jade. Thought to link body to spirit, jade is used in conjunction with the auspicious nature of other subjects in order to bring good luck to a person or home
  • The Terracotta Army of more than eight thousand figures, discovered in 1974 and buried between 210-209 B.C., is perhaps the most significant archeological discovery of Chinese statues

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ANTIQUE CHINESE CARVED IVORY TUSK W STAND
Mar 15, 9:00 AM EDT
ANTIQUE CHINESE CARVED IVORY TUSK W STAND
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $250- $500
$40017 Bids
A bronze sculpture of deity
Mar 11, 12:00 PM PDT
A bronze sculpture of deity
by International Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $300
$304 Bids
Large Chinese gilt bronze sculpture of deity
Mar 11, 12:00 PM PDT
Large Chinese gilt bronze sculpture of deity
by International Auction Gallery
Est: $150- $350
$503 Bids
Antique Chinese Carved Giltwood Pagoda Sculpture
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Antique Chinese Carved Giltwood Pagoda Sculpture
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$2103 Bids
Large Chinese archaic style jade carving
Mar 11, 12:00 PM PDT
Large Chinese archaic style jade carving
by International Auction Gallery
Est: $80- $150
$201 Bid
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Chinese Stone Sculpture of the Tree of Life
Mar 13, 2:00 PM EDT
Chinese Stone Sculpture of the Tree of Life
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $350- $800
$201 Bid
Very fine Chinese wood carved deity with stand
Mar 11, 12:00 PM PDT
Very fine Chinese wood carved deity with stand
by International Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $300
$301 Bid
DIVINITY
Mar 08, 3:00 PM WET
DIVINITY
by Corte Real, Leiloeira
Est: €100- €200
€1001 Bid
DIVINITY
Mar 08, 3:00 PM WET
DIVINITY
by Corte Real, Leiloeira
Est: €120- €240
€1201 Bid
TWO DEIVITIES
Mar 08, 3:00 PM WET
TWO DEIVITIES
by Corte Real, Leiloeira
Est: €120- €240
€1201 Bid
A Chinese carved jade melon-form toggle, 19th century
Mar 15, 9:00 AM EDT
A Chinese carved jade melon-form toggle, 19th century
by Oakridge Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $200
$1001 Bid
HETIAN JADE FLYING GODDESS ORNAMENT
Mar 15, 9:00 AM EDT
HETIAN JADE FLYING GODDESS ORNAMENT
by Lauren Gallery
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
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Chinese Yellow Jade Fingered Citron Ornament
Mar 13, 2:00 PM EDT
Chinese Yellow Jade Fingered Citron Ornament
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $600- $800
$601 Bid
A CHINESE WOODEN FIGURE OF A BODHIDHARMA, QING DYNAASTY (1644-1911)
Mar 05, 1:00 PM GMT
A CHINESE WOODEN FIGURE OF A BODHIDHARMA, QING DYNAASTY (1644-1911)
by Plakas Auctions
Est: £300- £500
£2001 Bid
17th/18th C. Fine Gilt Bronze Sino-Tibetan Avalokitesvara
Mar 12, 12:00 PM EDT
17th/18th C. Fine Gilt Bronze Sino-Tibetan Avalokitesvara
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $500- $50,000
$2001 Bid
Chinese Bronze Figure of Manjusri, Ming Dynasty.
Mar 09, 10:30 AM PST
Chinese Bronze Figure of Manjusri, Ming Dynasty.
by Turner Auctions + Appraisals
Est: $150- $250
$801 Bid
A Tibetan pair of bronze mudras Tibet, 18th-19th century. L. 15 cm
Mar 16, 10:00 AM CET
A Tibetan pair of bronze mudras Tibet, 18th-19th century. L. 15 cm
by Baias Arte
Est: €100- €150
€1001 Bid
Vintage Chinese Carved Jade Five Tier Pagoda
Mar 12, 12:00 PM EDT
Vintage Chinese Carved Jade Five Tier Pagoda
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $50- $500
$251 Bid
Chinese rosewood carved sculpture of deity
Mar 11, 12:00 PM PDT
Chinese rosewood carved sculpture of deity
by International Auction Gallery
Est: $80- $150
$201 Bid
Chinese Jade Carved Flying Apsaras
Mar 06, 10:00 AM CET
Chinese Jade Carved Flying Apsaras
by Artia Auktionshus
Est: €500- €750
€5001 Bid
QING DYNASTY GILT BRONZE GOD OF WEALTH
Mar 09, 3:00 PM PST
QING DYNASTY GILT BRONZE GOD OF WEALTH
by Mega International Auction
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$6000 Bids
QING DYNASTY. SMALL-LEAF RED SANDALWOOD CARVED SEATED YELLOW GOD OF WEALTH STATUE
Mar 09, 3:00 PM PST
QING DYNASTY. SMALL-LEAF RED SANDALWOOD CARVED SEATED YELLOW GOD OF WEALTH STATUE
by Mega International Auction
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Chinese Statues


Merces Gallery LLC

Merces Gallery LLC

Mega International Auction

Mega International Auction

International Auction Gallery

International Auction Gallery

Hindman

Hindman