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Chinese Men, Women & Children Statues

Chinese statues were often created with symbolic significance. Many antique figurines of men, women, and children were created out of lacquered wood, porcelain, and even jade. These figures were usually of religious or historical significance.

Most commonly, Asian statues of people were representations of either Buddha or various Buddhist deities. Most Buddhist deities were men, with the exception of Guanyin who is portrayed in Chinese culture as a woman for her compassion. Chinese statues of people also featured important political figures, emperors, and empresses. Wu Zetian, an empress who successfully ruled in the Tang dynasty from 625-705 A.D., is one commonly sculpted figure of importance.

Quick Facts

  • Asian Statues of children were given as gifts for good luck. Sometimes these sculptures were also given to new couples hoping to conceive a baby
  • Poets and scholars were frequent subjects for Chinese figurines. These were usually depicted as old, wise men, and could be given as inspiration to an aspiring scholar
  • In the past, Chinese statues could also be made for funerary purposes. These Asian statues were commissioned by royalty and represented family members, advisers, and soldiers so that the deceased would not proceed to the afterlife alone
  • Similar to Chinese Statues, <a href=”https://www.invaluable.com/african-sculptures-statues/sc-ONZBC86WTL/”>African statues and figurines</a> also have a very strong symbolic significance and often represent important men and women.

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Antique Chinese Jade Figural Group Laughing Twins
May 25, 11:00 AM EDT
Antique Chinese Jade Figural Group Laughing Twins
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Est: $20- $15,000
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A Chinese ceramic figure of Shao, Height 40cm
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A Chinese ceramic figure of Shao, Height 40cm
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Est: AUD150- AUD250
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Antique Chinese Daoist Bronze VIRUPAKSHA Guardian King
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Antique Chinese Daoist Bronze VIRUPAKSHA Guardian King
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Jun 10, 9:30 AM CEST
A GROUP OF FOUR JADE CARVINGS
by Nagel Auction
Est: €600- €1,000
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A RARE PAINTED GREY POTTERY FIGURE OF A FEMALE DANCER
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A RARE PAINTED GREY POTTERY FIGURE OF A FEMALE DANCER
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A Chinese timber root sculpture, Height 53cm
Jun 02, 7:00 PM AEST
A Chinese timber root sculpture, Height 53cm
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Est: AUD200- AUD300
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Chinese Pottery Figurines
May 25, 9:00 AM EDT
Chinese Pottery Figurines
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Three Oriental Bone Figures
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Est: $5- $500
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Chinese Qing Dynasty Ivory Figure,
Jun 02, 10:30 AM AEST
Chinese Qing Dynasty Ivory Figure,
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Est: AUD300- AUD500
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Chinese Resin Statue of Shouxing God of Longevity. 35cm tall
May 29, 7:00 PM AEST
Chinese Resin Statue of Shouxing God of Longevity. 35cm tall
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Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD353 Bids
Chinese Bone Figures
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Chinese Bone Figures
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Est: $5- $500
$253 Bids
2 x Chinese ceramic figurines. Largest is 39cm H, 16cm W, 11cm D.
May 30, 7:00 PM AEST
2 x Chinese ceramic figurines. Largest is 39cm H, 16cm W, 11cm D.
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD302 Bids
A CHINESE CARVED WHITE JADE FIGURES GROUP
May 30, 9:00 AM EDT
A CHINESE CARVED WHITE JADE FIGURES GROUP
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Est: $500- $15,000
$2001 Bid
A polychrome porcelain figure of Liu Hai riding his toad, wooden stand
Jun 10, 9:30 AM CEST
A polychrome porcelain figure of Liu Hai riding his toad, wooden stand
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Est: €600- €1,000
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ANCIENT CHINESE TANG DYNASTY TERRACOTTA COURT FIGURE
Jun 01, 10:00 AM EDT
ANCIENT CHINESE TANG DYNASTY TERRACOTTA COURT FIGURE
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
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An impressive Chinese famille rose enamelled figure of 'Guandi', 20thC, H 63 cm
May 29, 10:00 AM CEST
An impressive Chinese famille rose enamelled figure of 'Guandi', 20thC, H 63 cm
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Est: €3,000- €5,000
€1,5001 Bid
Two Chinese ceramic figures for longevity, Height 36cm
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Two Chinese ceramic figures for longevity, Height 36cm
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Est: AUD250- AUD350
AUD151 Bid
CHINESE TANG POLO PLAYER PAIR
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CHINESE TANG POLO PLAYER PAIR
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Est: £4,000- £6,000
£4,0001 Bid
玉雕十二生肖
May 26, 1:00 PM CST
玉雕十二生肖
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Est: NT$0- NT$0
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PAIR OF CHINESE CARVED IVORY TUSK FEMALE ARCHERS
Jun 05, 9:00 AM EDT
PAIR OF CHINESE CARVED IVORY TUSK FEMALE ARCHERS
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$3801 Bid
Large Chinese Carved Ivory Figure Group,
Jun 02, 10:30 AM AEST
Large Chinese Carved Ivory Figure Group,
by Aalders Auctions
Est: AUD1,600- AUD2,000
AUD1,3001 Bid
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BAMBOO ROOT CARVING OF AUSPICIOUS FIGURES
Jun 02, 10:00 AM EDT
BAMBOO ROOT CARVING OF AUSPICIOUS FIGURES
by William's Auctions, LLC
Est: $160- $240
$801 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Chinese Men, Women & Children Statues


Merces Gallery LLC

Merces Gallery LLC

Aalders Auctions

Aalders Auctions

William's Auctions, LLC

William's Auctions, LLC

TimeLine Auctions

TimeLine Auctions