China, 17. Century. Carved wooden ritual object to expel ghosts. At the front side a Daoist (exorcist) is carved, holding such an object in his hand and clapping it. At the reverse and sides Daoist formula are engraved. At top and bottom are Ba Gua symbols (Zhong-ren – for expelling ghosts).
65 x 27 x 125 mm, natural patina, surface fissure at reverse, good condition. Scarce.