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roddy

 

Ok, so we've got these in the house. They're not mine and I'm told they're a few hundred years old and Chinese. They're somewhat bashed and battered. No idea. 

 

But what I'm actually interested in - if you look at the hands, they're clearly designed to be holding some kind of staff or weapon in both hands. So question: What? And could you get replacements (not originals, obviously, but something that might look like it might be?)

 

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Although not strictly necessary to answer your question, a view of the bottom is really important to understand the item. (As would be a plain straight-on view of the front and back of the item, not a slanted view.)

 

A Google Images search on Chinese gesso or Chinese gesso figurine will bring things like this up.

 

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ANTIQUE-CHINESE-STATUETTE-COURT-FIGURE-WOOD-POLYCHROME-GESSO-STATUE-SHRINE-/113939110478

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Shelley

Would they be to hold a joss stick?

 

 

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Jim

Are they the 四大天王 you see guarding temple shrines?  Can't get the pics to enlarge but the one with his hand raised reminded me. If so, you only need one weapon, otherwise it's also a brolly and a lute:

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多闻天王 is just cupping his ear empty handed.

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大块头

The one with the lute is really metal!

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mungouk
On 1/29/2020 at 5:40 AM, Jim said:

多闻天王 is just cupping his ear empty handed.

 

Looks like he has a snake up his sleeve though...

 

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Shelley
On 1/29/2020 at 5:40 AM, Jim said:

Can't get the pics to enlarge

 

If you click on the picture I get a larger picture and his snake is clearly visible.

 

23 hours ago, 大块头 said:

The one with the lute is really metal!

 

The original The Hu Band?

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roddy

Photos... Thanks for the term Gesso. I can't see any options for replacement weapons (what would they have held?) except perhaps getting them carved or 3D printed...

 

Fronts

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Backs

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Bottoms

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roddy

Might do a banner of my face. See how long before anyone notices. 

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