Chinese Polychrome Wood Buddha
Ming period, 17th Century and earlier
11.5" (29cm), W 6" (15cm), D 2.5" (6cm)
Paint and gilt, losses, aged condition!
once gilded and lacquered wood carving of the God of Wealth evidently has been
used for home shrine worship for hundreds of years. Despite of its aged condition,
a powerful presence continue to emanating from this small statue. As the Dharmapala
Defender of Faith, he is dressed in Ming robes and armors, and a helmet that may
have missing. Remaining in his left hand, the Dharmapala is holding a gold piece;
and a hallowed space in the back of the statue indicated that it was consecrated
with a certain ritual offering.
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