Gilt Wood Buddha Statue
Origin: China. Circa: 19th Century and earlier
11 in.(28cm), W 4.5 in.(11.5cm), D 3" (7.5cm)
Condition: gilt loss and breakage
antique camphor wood Dharmapala, in black and red lacquer and gilded in gold.
A vigorous guardian of the Dharma and protector of the faith, and commonly worshipped
as the God of Wealth in China. As represented here, the Dharmapala is wearing
a Ming style hat of a civil dignitary, and dressed in full militant armor, his
right hand is raised in a fist, and holding a gold piece in his left hand, standing
in warrior striking pose above a lacquered boulder, where a black tiger is crouching
submissively. The figure is well carved with animated expressiveness; close observation
reveals finer details featuring three taotie masks on the belt and padded armor,
a section of the floating celestial scarves is missing, and most of the lacquered
gold gilt on his back has been lost, leaving a bared wood surface with a rich
down brown; even so the statue is beautifully aged and remaining in fair condition.
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