Chinese Teak Wood Statue
Yu on Dragon
China, Circa: Early 20th century
H 19 in.(49cm), W 8 in.(20cm), D 4.5
Measurement not including halberd -
overall very good!
finely detailed and realistically carved teak wood statue of a warrior tightly
gripping his characteristic halberd riding on a fierce dragon. Undoubtedly this
depiction is commonly recognized as the
most venerated warrior spirit in China and many Asian cultures: Guan
Yu was a general of
the posterior of Han dynasty (Three Kingdoms, 220-265 A.D.). He was executed at
the age of 58; but later ennobled to the status of Duke, raised to the rank of
prince in 1128, and finally awarded the title of emperor, saint or God in 1598.
He is one of the most
popular of Chinese divinities worshipped in every home by Taoist or Buddhist alike,
and countless temples were dedicated to him. Due to his legacy of loyalty and
dignity, Guan Yu is the patron saint for members on both side of the law. He is
also considered as the God of Wealth, and a tutelary deity of business in Chinese
culture. Furthermore, Guan Yu is frequently depicted reading the Book of Spring
and Autumn (History Annual of Zhou dynasty, 770-475 B.C.); thus the God of War
is also revered as the God of Literature.