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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

Recommended Items at Auction

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Large Chinese Carved Jade Ruyi Sculpture
Oct 23, 11:00 AM PDT
Large Chinese Carved Jade Ruyi Sculpture
by Wealthier Art & Auction
Est: $200- $400
$1504 Bids
Large Vintage Hardstone Chinese Mandarin Orange Jade Tree
Oct 23, 12:00 PM EDT
Large Vintage Hardstone Chinese Mandarin Orange Jade Tree
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $200- $800
$503 Bids
Vintage Ornate Hand Carved JADE Chinese Dragon Boat
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Vintage Ornate Hand Carved JADE Chinese Dragon Boat
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$282 Bids
CHINESE LINGBI SCHOLAR'S ROCK
Oct 24, 9:00 AM EDT
CHINESE LINGBI SCHOLAR'S ROCK
by Berkeley Auction Gallery
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$2502 Bids
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Chinese Jade Carved Huang
Oct 23, 11:00 AM PDT
Chinese Jade Carved Huang
by Wealthier Art & Auction
Est: $50- $60
$252 Bids
Chinese Hand-Carved Jade Flower on Wood Stand
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Chinese Hand-Carved Jade Flower on Wood Stand
by C Biddle Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$101 Bid
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Chinese antique Ordos style bronze camel, Bronze Age
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
Chinese antique Ordos style bronze camel, Bronze Age
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $2,000- $5,000
$5001 Bid
WHITE TARA
Oct 30, 10:00 AM CEST
WHITE TARA
by Hardt Auctions GmbH
Est: €3,000- €4,000
€2,6001 Bid
A Chinese gold 'Immortal' nail guard
Nov 11, 10:30 AM GMT
A Chinese gold 'Immortal' nail guard
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £180- £250
£1801 Bid
A CHINESE RUSSET BROWN JADE DISC BI
Oct 23, 4:00 PM PDT
A CHINESE RUSSET BROWN JADE DISC BI
by California Asian Art Auction Gallery USA
Est: $600- $900
$4751 Bid
A 12" SINO-TIBETAN GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF A LAMA
Oct 23, 9:00 AM EDT
A 12" SINO-TIBETAN GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF A LAMA
by Eden Fine Antiques Galleries LLC
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$6001 Bid
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Han Jade Hand Carved Kirin Statue
Oct 23, 1:30 PM EDT
Han Jade Hand Carved Kirin Statue
by Wensly Auctions
Est: $10,000- $20,000
$8001 Bid
2 Chinese enameled silver Buddhist lions on stands. Mid
Nov 14, 10:00 AM EST
2 Chinese enameled silver Buddhist lions on stands. Mid
by Tremont Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
Carved Hetian Jade Kylin and Boy Ornament
Nov 06, 12:00 PM PDT
Carved Hetian Jade Kylin and Boy Ornament
by Jumbo Auction House
Est: $1,500- $3,500
$2001 Bid
Carved Tianhuang Stone Scholar and Pine Boulder
Nov 06, 12:00 PM PDT
Carved Tianhuang Stone Scholar and Pine Boulder
by Jumbo Auction House
Est: $1,500- $3,500
$2001 Bid
LARGE FAMILLE ROSE GILT-DECORATED PORCELAIN BOWL
Oct 24, 9:00 AM EDT
LARGE FAMILLE ROSE GILT-DECORATED PORCELAIN BOWL
by Berkeley Auction Gallery
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$2001 Bid
LU DUAN BEAST
Oct 30, 10:00 AM CEST
LU DUAN BEAST
by Hardt Auctions GmbH
Est: €0- €0
€101 Bid
A Chinese mottled celadon jade boulder
Oct 26, 10:30 AM BST
A Chinese mottled celadon jade boulder
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £1,000- £2,000
£1,0000 Bids
A bronze Buddhist
Oct 24, 1:00 PM AEDT
A bronze Buddhist
by Arts Of World Auctioneer and Valuer
Est: AUD800- AUD1,200
AUD1400 Bids
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南北朝-隋朝 Chinese Bodhisattva carved stone head, 6th century AD.
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
南北朝-隋朝 Chinese Bodhisattva carved stone head, 6th century AD.
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $10,000- $50,000
$3,0000 Bids
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大清 Masterpiece carved stone Buddha Head, Qing or earlier
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
大清 Masterpiece carved stone Buddha Head, Qing or earlier
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $3,000- $10,000
$1,0000 Bids
CHINESE JADE FRUIT AND VEGETABLES
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
CHINESE JADE FRUIT AND VEGETABLES
by Oakridge Auction Gallery
Est: $800- $1,200
$8000 Bids
TIBETAN GILT BRONZE DEITY FIGURE
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
TIBETAN GILT BRONZE DEITY FIGURE
by Oakridge Auction Gallery
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5000 Bids
WITHDRAWN
Oct 30, 10:00 AM CEST
WITHDRAWN
by Hardt Auctions GmbH
Est: €0- €0
€100 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Chinese Statues


Empire Auction House

Empire Auction House

Merces Gallery LLC

Merces Gallery LLC

Hardt Auctions GmbH

Hardt Auctions GmbH

Berkeley Auction Gallery

Berkeley Auction Gallery