A pair of 18th-19th century Chinese Buddhist carvings

A remarkable pair of antique Chinese sculptures, possibly representing Hanshan and Shide.  Finely carved in cedar wood with separate arms and bases with some loss to the front of one and back of the other base and small loss to the side dowel joint of one arm and the chin of Shide. Hanshan and Shide are usually depicted in ink paining in the Japanase Zen Buddhist tradition, always in laughter but with hair!. These masterly carvings certainly capture the spirit of these two great sages of unconventional crazy wisdom, emanations of the bodhisattvas Manjusri and Samantabhadra. Size 25cm high, 8cm wide at the base. €495