Religious belief

Mazu / Han nationality
period:17th century / Material:timber
L : 18.5cm, W : 12.2cm, H : 38cm

The believe of Mazu is originated from Meizhou of Fujian, where temples of Mazu have been built for worshipping since the 11th and 12th century, making it the most extensive believe in God of Sea in the East Asian marine culture, which is closely rated to the East Asian marine economy and social structure.

The oriental sculptural arts have transformed from freehand to realistic since the 12th century. More than 500 Mazu temples are situated in Taiwan, where folk religion is significantly developed, and there are tens of thousands of households that worship the statue of Mazu at home, hence the quantity of Mazu statues is innumerable and they are all realistically presented.

However, this piece has chosen to adopt a huge and round stature to express Mazu’s spirit of benevolence. Such expression of an abstract idea through the breakthrough of a realistic frame by using the overall profile language proves to be a mighty creation in the history of sculptural arts before the 20th century in both Eastern and Western countries.
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