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An ivory figure of Wen Chang. Ming dynasty, 16th/17th century

the figure wearing loose-fitting robes and black hat of office, holding his belt with his left hand, with a serene expression on his face, the ivory of deep rich caramel colour, 17.2cm., 6 1/4in; together with a buffalo horn carving of a lady in long robes holding a fan. Est. 1,500—2,000 GBP. Lot Sold 1,750 GBP

PROVENANCE: Spink and Son Ltd., 1990 and 1989.

NOTE: Wen Chang is the popular Daoist god of literature.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art. 13 May 09. London www.sothebys.com