A bronze figure of an immortal with a crane
Late Ming to early Qing Dynasty, 17th century, China
晚明清初, 17世紀, 中國
Height: 29cm, width: 10.5cm
高: 29釐米 11.42 inches, 寬: 10.5釐米 4.13 inches
The bronze statue features a Taoist immortal standing on a rock platform amongst turbulent sea waves, rocks and creatures of the sea. Beside him stands a crane traditionally associated with longevity, on which he rests his left hand. The immortal has a benevolent and joyful expression as he looks down on the crane, his right arm is raised, his belly exposed and the whole cast in an unusual elongated mannerist style.
‘Chinese Incense Burners- Collection of Steven Hung & Lindy Chern’, National Museum of History 2000, figure 171, p.204
‘Later Chinese Bronzes’, Rose Kerr, Bamboo Publishing Ltd in association with the Victoria & Albert Museum 1990, figure 66, p.84