Rare Tai Sui Taosit / Daoist Diety Hard Carved Wood Gold Gilt Qing Dynasty late 1800s 19. Height 10 inches (25.4 cm). Base Width 6 inches (15.2 cm). Base Depth 4.5 inches (11.4 cm).
This is an antique hand carved gold gilt figurine of Tai Sui, who is considered to embody sixty different deities- heavenly generals who assist the Jade Emperor taking charge of the well-being of the Mortal World. Each of the heavenly generals takes a turn to be in charge for a year for a complete cycle of sixty years. Taoists believe you should have a Tai Sui Statue for protection from bad luck, loss, illness or misfortune.
Every Zodiac sign needs protection and enhancers to attract good fortune and also to suppress the bad energy of the year. Tai Sui is sitting on a dragon chair which has a stylized dragon on each side at the end of each arm. It is a solid backed chair with four legs.
He is carrying a scroll, he has golden robes covered in filigree, that might represent dragons in the wind, not sure but they are ornate. The rainbow of colors at the very bottom and his sleeves. Onsidered to be a very powerful deity. Animistic creatures under his feet are perhaps foo dogs.The base has hand painted touches, with a central decoration at both levels. I just noticed a very tiny hairline crack at the middle on top of the second tier of the base may be just in the finish. Every aspect of the figure has been addressed whither it is in view or not. He has a patina of incense, and the condition of his polychrome finish is excellent. The polychrome finish at the head is similar to a baked enamel finish, it is very shiny and seems like ceramic this helps date it to the 1800s. His hand carved features are very realistic and the hand painted aspects are all in excellent condition. This Taoist statue is part of a large collection gathered over many years.
I believe this statue dates around 1850s. These wooden carved statues are each an individual creation they are not cast, all the detail and workmanship is by hand and they are very rare. The iconography is traditional and it is executed with a high level of skill. The statue stands 10 tall and the base is 6 wide by 4 deep. The year 2014 the Tai Sui comes from the north direction and you should place him I imagine directly facing north.
This placement facilitates good fortune by keeping the evil forces from the north at bay. Please see all the photos for the composition and condition of this rare antique Taoist deity, I was told that many temples couldnt afford to have all sixty heavenly generals and that this Tai Sui represented them all.
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Coffee cup is for scale purposes only. The spelling of different deities can vary in the English language because the translation is phonetic and the pronunciation and subsequent spelling varies. In the Chinese zodiac, there are sixty (originally 12 corresponding to the Earthly stems, later popularly believed to be 60, one for each stem-branch combination) heavenly generals who assist th e Jade Emperoer taking charge of the well-being of the Mortal World. Each of them takes turn to be in charge for a year.
Due to most of them having a military background, they are normally known as the Military Generals, or as the Cycle Gods. Each of their features and weapons signifies the well-being of that year.For example, if the Tai Sui of the year is one who holds a. It signifies political unrest for that particular year. On the other hand, if the Tai Sui of the year holds a. It signifies the need to work hard and excel for that year. In Taoism, those whose Chinese Zodiac is offended, or by their sign conflict or clashes with the Tai Sui of the year are advised to go through a prayer session with a Taoist Priest to ask for blessing in obtaining Peace and Good Fortune throughout the year. The area of the house corresponding with the position of that year's Tai Sui is to be left undisturbed or misfortune will befall the residence. The item "Qing Dynasty Rare Tai Sui Taoist Deity Hard carved Solid Wood Gold Gilt 19th c" is in sale since Wednesday, July 16, 2014. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Figurines & Statues".
The seller is "toronita1" and is located in Port Orange, Florida. This item can be shipped worldwide.