Antique statue of ancestor on a horse.

L: 16 W: 12 H: 30
Hunan province, China
c 1800, Qing dynasty (1644-1911)

Ancestor worship was an integral part of traditional Chinese home life. These kind of statues are part of folk art for a home altar, praying for good fortune for the family. The back usually has a space to insert a written prayer or sometimes a lock of hair.

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