The property of a Lady
A grey stone carving of a seated Daoist figure
Sui Dynasty, dated by inscription to AD 601
The Daoist figure carved seated on a lotus pedestal raised on a faceted pillar incised with a man supporting it and flanked by lions seated on their haunches, all supported on a rectangular plinth, his left hand holding onto a rail and the right holding a fan, wearing long flowing robes tied at the chest, the bearded face with a serene expression, crowned with a lappet headdress and set before an arched mandorla decorated with low-relief lotus petal panels and a black-painted foliate scroll, the reverse incised with a large lotus blossom on the mandorla and a relief lotus blossom on the pedestal, the base with an inscription on the front and sides.
34.5cm (13½in) high.