China, 17. Century. Authentic carved wooden ritual object to expel ghosts.
At the front side we see a Daoist (exorcist) with sword almost looking like a warrior.
At the reverse a Daoist formula is engraved.
At top and bottom of the reverse are Ba Gua symbols (Zhong-ren – for expelling ghosts).
53 x 23 x 182 mm, natural patina, good condition. Very well carved. Scarce.
This object has been bought in 1979 in a known Beijing antique shop. Other professionals too confirmed it is from Ming Dynasty.
China Ming Dynasty Taoist Object for Exorcism