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figure (ritual & belief: representations)

Carved soapstone figure of Jiang Ziya, also known as Jiang Taigong (Grand Duke Jiang), standing on a giant fish with a dragon head. He dresses in a long robe and holds a triangular flag in his right hand that is incised with a Chinese character "ling" (command). The figure has a hole in its base, which fixes onto a metal peg on the dragon fish's back. The dragon fish is a separate piece of stone. …