A boxwood carving of Liu Hai

Ming dynasty, 17th century, China
明 17世紀 中國

Height: 21cm, 8.3 inches

The figure stands on an irregular base of scrolling waves, his three legged toad at his feet. His right arm is raised, the left hand at stomach height and originally a banner or pole of sorts would have been held. Liu Hai is dressed in a dhoti like dress, his stomach exposed and shoulders covered by a shawl, the facial features in broad laughter.

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