Loading Spinner

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

See all items

A BRONZE FIGURE OF SHAKYAMUNI ZANABAZAR SCHOOL
Dec 04, 9:30 AM EST
A BRONZE FIGURE OF SHAKYAMUNI ZANABAZAR SCHOOL
by Berkeley Auction Gallery
Est: $3,000- $4,000
$6002 Bids
Sino-Tibetan Nimbus Figurine
Dec 01, 10:00 AM GMT
Sino-Tibetan Nimbus Figurine
by TimeLine Auctions
Est: £100- £140
£302 Bids
Chinese Oriental Stone Jadeite carving
Nov 27, 10:00 AM PST
Chinese Oriental Stone Jadeite carving
by California Auctioneers
Est: $150- $250
$702 Bids
TIBET - XVIIIe siècle
Nov 27, 11:00 AM CET
TIBET - XVIIIe siècle
by OXIO
Est: €400- €600
€4252 Bids
bp parity badge
RARE GILT BRONZE GREEN TARA GODDESS STATUE
Nov 27, 11:00 AM EST
RARE GILT BRONZE GREEN TARA GODDESS STATUE
by William's Auctions, LLC
Est: $160- $240
$801 Bid
bp parity badge
A FINE GILT BRONZE VAJRASATTVA MAHASATTVA STATUE
Nov 27, 11:00 AM EST
A FINE GILT BRONZE VAJRASATTVA MAHASATTVA STATUE
by William's Auctions, LLC
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
bp parity badge
A FINE TIBETAN BUDDHISM BRONZE GOD OF WEALTH STATUE
Nov 27, 11:00 AM EST
A FINE TIBETAN BUDDHISM BRONZE GOD OF WEALTH STATUE
by William's Auctions, LLC
Est: $120- $180
$601 Bid
The Sanxingdui Culture Lost Asian Civilization Bronze Sculpture
Dec 17, 7:00 PM EST
The Sanxingdui Culture Lost Asian Civilization Bronze Sculpture
by Tunicks Auction Gallery
Est: $1,000- $3,500
$5001 Bid
A BRONZE FIGURE OF SADAKSHARILOKESHVARA
Dec 06, 9:30 AM CET
A BRONZE FIGURE OF SADAKSHARILOKESHVARA
by Nagel Auction
Est: €4,000- €6,000
€4,0001 Bid
Oil on Canvas Signed Sergei Bongart
Nov 30, 11:30 AM EST
Oil on Canvas Signed Sergei Bongart
by Latair Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$1001 Bid
White Jade Carving of Avalokitesvara
Dec 03, 12:00 PM PST
White Jade Carving of Avalokitesvara
by Jumbo Auction House
Est: $1,800- $3,000
$2001 Bid
Statuette de Ganesh à six bras
Dec 06, 3:00 PM CET
Statuette de Ganesh à six bras
by Haynault
Est: €100- €150
€1001 Bid
A BRONZE FIGURE OF VISHNU, 17TH-18TH CENTURY
Dec 10, 11:00 AM CET
A BRONZE FIGURE OF VISHNU, 17TH-18TH CENTURY
by Galerie Zacke
Est: €300- €600
€3001 Bid
bp parity badge
A FINELY MADE TIBETAN BRONZE PAGODA
Nov 27, 11:00 AM EST
A FINELY MADE TIBETAN BRONZE PAGODA
by William's Auctions, LLC
Est: $120- $180
$601 Bid
A PARCEL GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF USHNISHAVIJAYA
Dec 06, 9:30 AM CET
A PARCEL GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF USHNISHAVIJAYA
by Nagel Auction
Est: €5,000- €8,000
€5,0001 Bid
A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF PROBABLY SARIPUTRA
Dec 06, 9:30 AM CET
A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF PROBABLY SARIPUTRA
by Nagel Auction
Est: €600- €1,000
€6001 Bid
EINE SITZENDE FIGUR VON SHAKYAMUNI AUS BRONZE
Dec 08, 10:00 AM CET
EINE SITZENDE FIGUR VON SHAKYAMUNI AUS BRONZE
by Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf
Est: €280- €560
€2801 Bid
10in 19th C. Chinese Soapstone Pagoda
Dec 03, 10:00 AM MST
10in 19th C. Chinese Soapstone Pagoda
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
SEVEN SOAPSTONE CARVINGS DEPICTING LANDSCAPES, FLOWERS AND FIGURES
Dec 07, 9:30 AM CET
SEVEN SOAPSTONE CARVINGS DEPICTING LANDSCAPES, FLOWERS AND FIGURES
by Nagel Auction
Est: €600- €1,000
€6000 Bids
bp parity badge
RARE FINELY CARVED FOUR ARM GOD OF WAR STATUE
Nov 27, 11:00 AM EST
RARE FINELY CARVED FOUR ARM GOD OF WAR STATUE
by William's Auctions, LLC
Est: $700- $1,050
$3500 Bids
bp parity badge
A FINE BRONZE GOD OF WAR STATUE
Nov 27, 11:00 AM EST
A FINE BRONZE GOD OF WAR STATUE
by William's Auctions, LLC
Est: $120- $180
$600 Bids
bp parity badge
SINO-TIBETAN FOUR-ARMED BRONZE BUDDHIST DEITY
Dec 14, 2:00 PM CET
SINO-TIBETAN FOUR-ARMED BRONZE BUDDHIST DEITY
by Galerie Moenius
Est: €150- €300
€1500 Bids
bp parity badge
SINO-TIBETAN BRONZE DEITY WITH SITAR
Dec 14, 2:00 PM CET
SINO-TIBETAN BRONZE DEITY WITH SITAR
by Galerie Moenius
Est: €150- €300
€1500 Bids
bp parity badge
SINO-TIBETAN GILDED BRONZE SITTING LAMA
Dec 14, 2:00 PM CET
SINO-TIBETAN GILDED BRONZE SITTING LAMA
by Galerie Moenius
Est: €1,800- €3,600
€1,8000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Chinese Statues


Nagel Auction

Nagel Auction

Berkeley Auction Gallery

Berkeley Auction Gallery

William's Auctions, LLC

William's Auctions, LLC

Empire Auction House

Empire Auction House