Subject:Figurine ID help?
Posted By: Cten Wed, Oct 16, 2019 IP: 22.214.171.124
Folks on this forum have been most informative in years past, so here goes again...
Bought these two stauettes as gifts for friends, and would like to supply more information about subjects, cultural origins, approximate age, etc. if available. Both are ca. 18 cm high.
The wooden one is elegantly simple. But lacking major identifiers, I have no idea which Taoist immortal or other legendary figure it represents. Could it just be a generic old-man image, or might there be more signicance? No markings anywhere, including the base.
The other looks to this ignorant amateur like ivory or marine-mammal tooth/tusk (no polymer bubbles or smear marks), and is quite heavy. At the price, and given the fairly crude finish, I assume that it's a modern imitation of some sort. -But don't want to scrape off a bit for the burn/smell test. Value isn't important anyway; it's intended to inspire a student. I was hoping that the open book might indicate Laozi. Can anyone here please help with identification, and/or interpretation of the base inscriptions?
I'm also curious about the pose: he looks perplexed. And why is one foot so strongly highlighted?
Thanks in advance for any assistance.