A very old intricately carved bamboo root of a legendary figure carrying a twig of plum blossom, a book with a stock whose one leg rests on a basket. He carries a big straw hat behind The patina is chocolate brown colour throughout. Condition is very good with no defects and no repairs. On the base are a few age old splits as shown in photos Height 36 cm/14 inches Width 11 cm/4.5 inches Weight 800 gm This item was bought in Hong Kong in the mid 1980s
unknown, bought in HongKong Hollywood Rd 1980s
Thank you for submitting your item for appraisal. This appears to be a chinese late Qing or early republican era 1880-1920s bamboo root carving depicting Shou Lao. The god of longevity is recognizable by his gnarled staff and the crane on his side which is also a representation of long life. The sculptor of this statue uses a more modern realistic approach and depicts Shou Lao without the enlarged peach shaped head. The estimate is based on similar items sold at auction. A serious collector might be willing to pay more than the high estimate.