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Commentary

Zhenwu is revered by martial artists and considered to be the patron saint of Mount Wudang in Hubei province.

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Seated fahua altar figure of Daoist god Zhenwu, the Perfected Warrior, also known as Xuanwu, or Dark Warrior, who is the guardian of the north. He is depicted seated with an integral backdrop and plinth; under his raised left foot.is a tortoise encircled by a snake, the symbol of the north. He has elongated earlobes and wears an ornate robe. Pale grey stoneware decorated with turquoise and cobalt blue glaze.

Details

figure (ritual & belief: representations)
1990.77
Anthropology

1 item (description level: whole)
Broad category
Anthropology: Ethnography, Daoism
Additional names, titles, or classifications
catalogue name:  figure (ritual & belief: representations)
object name (local):  figure (ritual & belief: representations)
object name:  figure of Zhenwu (ritual & belief: representations)
object name (Horniman Ethno.):  figure of Zhenwu

Place
China, East Asia, Asia
Additional place information
made or collected:  China 
Date made
18th-19th century
Additional date information
date made:  18th-19th century 
date made:  19th century 

Materials & techniques
clay; glaze
Additional material & technique information
material: glaze (decoration)
material: clay (overall)
Measurements
overall: 14.1732 x 7.9921 x 5.3543 in.; 360 x 203 x 136 mm
Additional measurement information
overall: 14.1732 x 7.9921 x 5.3543 in.; 360 x 203 x 136 mm

Bequeathed by Charles Kearley through the Art Fund
Provenance
donor:  Kearley, Charles Hudson  Undefined - 1990-02-23

Use
Zhenwu is revered by martial artists and considered to be the patron saint of Mount Wudang in Hubei province.


Related objects
toy figure (object-134667)
Related subjects
association: Figures
association: Daoism
object name: figures (ritual & belief: representations)

Record created 2003-01-23
Record last updated 2018-11-20

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