Great accent piece for home or garden.
This unusual carved figure is made from the roots and the trunk of a tree. This sculpture appears to be a wise man or scholar, but it is also more likely it is the god of longevity, or Shouxing (Shou).
Described in Wikipedia that “he was carried in his mother’s womb for ten years before being born, and was already an old man when delivered. He is recognized by his high, domed forehead and the peach which he carries as a symbol of immortality. The longevity god is usually shown smiling and friendly”.
When looking at the closeup photos you can see the intricate details in the carvings, including the staff of longevity and the the peach of immortality that is supposed to bloom every 3,000 years.
This wood statue can be used indoor or outdoor, and would be a wonderful accent in an Asian themed garden. This piece shows some age but it has never been finished, so if used outdoor it should have some type of sealer. It should also be set on something to keep it from direct ground contact. There was a partial crack on the staff that has been re glued (was not a full break).
Chinese Carved Root Wood Sculpture Wise Man 57 Inch Tall
Approx Age: 20th Century
Material: Wood (uncertain species but appears to be a hardwood based on density and weight)
Approx. Dimensions: 57″ Tall (weight 60+ lbs)
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