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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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Chinese Hetian jade board
Apr 26, 4:00 PM PDT
Chinese Hetian jade board
by U.S. Poly International Auction Gallery
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$6003 Bids
A CHINESE CARVED BUFFALO HORN TYPE MOUNTAIN GROUP 20th Century. 1184 grams. 19 cm x 10 cm.
Apr 25, 10:00 AM BST
A CHINESE CARVED BUFFALO HORN TYPE MOUNTAIN GROUP 20th Century. 1184 grams. 19 cm x 10 cm.
by Hannam's Auctioneers
Est: £150- £200
£1202 Bids
Bronze Guru Statue
Apr 23, 8:30 PM EDT
Bronze Guru Statue
by Hotspot Auctions
Est: $10,000- $20,000
$8001 Bid
A Chinese stone sculpture, 14TH Century earlier Pr. Collection of NARA private gallary.
Apr 27, 2:00 PM EEST
A Chinese stone sculpture, 14TH Century earlier Pr. Collection of NARA private gallary.
by Antonia Art Auction
Est: €2,000- €4,000
€2001 Bid
A Chinese stone sculpture, 14TH Century earlier Pr. Collection of NARA private gallary.
Apr 27, 2:00 PM EEST
A Chinese stone sculpture, 14TH Century earlier Pr. Collection of NARA private gallary.
by Antonia Art Auction
Est: €2,000- €4,000
€2001 Bid
A gilded Tibetan/Nepalese figurine of Varaha and Bhudevi, 18th/19th century
May 14, 10:00 AM CEST
A gilded Tibetan/Nepalese figurine of Varaha and Bhudevi, 18th/19th century
by Hermann Historica GmbH
Est: €0- €0
€8001 Bid
TIBETAN DANSATI TEMPLE HARDSTONE INLAID GILT BRONZE STATUE OF BODHISATTVA
May 04, 12:00 PM PDT
TIBETAN DANSATI TEMPLE HARDSTONE INLAID GILT BRONZE STATUE OF BODHISATTVA
by Jumbo Auction House
Est: $10,000- $20,000
$5001 Bid
A Chinese Carved Jade Walnut. 3.6 cm x 4.1cm x 3.9cm, weight 61.7g
Apr 24, 10:00 AM BST
A Chinese Carved Jade Walnut. 3.6 cm x 4.1cm x 3.9cm, weight 61.7g
by Hannam's Auctioneers
Est: £50- £75
£201 Bid
A COLLECTION OF SIX TIANHUANG CARVINGS
Apr 27, 7:00 AM EDT
A COLLECTION OF SIX TIANHUANG CARVINGS
by Ingenuity Gallery
Est: $4,000- $5,000
$8001 Bid
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Chinese Carved Jade Gourd with a Butterfly.
May 05, 10:00 AM EDT
Chinese Carved Jade Gourd with a Butterfly.
by Clarke Auction Gallery
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
A Chinese stone sculpture, 14TH Century earlier Pr. Collection of NARA private gallary.
Apr 27, 2:00 PM EEST
A Chinese stone sculpture, 14TH Century earlier Pr. Collection of NARA private gallary.
by Antonia Art Auction
Est: €4,500- €9,000
€4501 Bid
A Chinese stone sculpture, 14TH Century earlier Pr. Collection of NARA private gallary.
Apr 27, 2:00 PM EEST
A Chinese stone sculpture, 14TH Century earlier Pr. Collection of NARA private gallary.
by Antonia Art Auction
Est: €2,000- €4,000
€2001 Bid
A Chinese stone sculpture, 14TH Century earlier Pr. Collection of NARA private gallary.
Apr 27, 2:00 PM EEST
A Chinese stone sculpture, 14TH Century earlier Pr. Collection of NARA private gallary.
by Antonia Art Auction
Est: €3,000- €6,000
€3001 Bid
A Chinese stone sculpture, 14TH Century earlier Pr. Collection of NARA private gallary.
Apr 27, 2:00 PM EEST
A Chinese stone sculpture, 14TH Century earlier Pr. Collection of NARA private gallary.
by Antonia Art Auction
Est: €2,000- €4,000
€2001 Bid
A Chinese stone sculpture, 14TH Century earlier Pr. Collection of NARA private gallary.
Apr 27, 2:00 PM EEST
A Chinese stone sculpture, 14TH Century earlier Pr. Collection of NARA private gallary.
by Antonia Art Auction
Est: €2,000- €4,000
€2001 Bid
A Chinese stone sculpture, 14TH Century earlier Pr. Collection of NARA private gallary.
Apr 27, 2:00 PM EEST
A Chinese stone sculpture, 14TH Century earlier Pr. Collection of NARA private gallary.
by Antonia Art Auction
Est: €3,000- €6,000
€3001 Bid
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Chinese Seated Bronze Bodhisattva.
May 05, 10:00 AM EDT
Chinese Seated Bronze Bodhisattva.
by Clarke Auction Gallery
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
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A Tibetan Religious Lotus-seated Fortune Statue
Apr 23, 6:45 PM PDT
A Tibetan Religious Lotus-seated Fortune Statue
by Jade Auction House
Est: $400- $600
$1001 Bid
2 Tibetan 18/19 C Bronze Jambhala Figures
May 05, 10:15 AM EDT
2 Tibetan 18/19 C Bronze Jambhala Figures
by Eddie's Auction
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
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A Chinese Ancient-framing Fortune Bronze Vessel Statue
Apr 23, 6:45 PM PDT
A Chinese Ancient-framing Fortune Bronze Vessel Statue
by Jade Auction House
Est: $800- $1,200
$2001 Bid
Chinese Jade Hongshan Figurine
Apr 28, 1:00 PM CDT
Chinese Jade Hongshan Figurine
by Mike Nichols Auctions
Est: $1,000- $20,000
$100 Bids
Chinese Jade Hongshan Figurine
Apr 28, 1:00 PM CDT
Chinese Jade Hongshan Figurine
by Mike Nichols Auctions
Est: $1,000- $20,000
$100 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Chinese Statues


William's Auctions, LLC

William's Auctions, LLC

Merces Gallery LLC

Merces Gallery LLC

Jumbo Auction House

Jumbo Auction House