China. Circa: Qing, 19th century
H 9 in.(23cm), W 3.25 in.(8cm), D 3.5
: minor loss, overall very good!
youthful Dharmapala holding a seal and a gold piece, wearing a elaborate warrior
armor striding triumphantly in forward movement. He appears to be the Taoist God
of Wealth Sudhana, whose origin owes to the Buddhist tradition as the acolyte
of Avalokiteshvara (Chinese: Quan Yin). Despite the chip found on the seal in
his right hand and minor wear due to its age, the little carving is radiate with
statue is exquisitely carved from a single block of camphor wood, using an unique
Chinese formula of gesso and sawdust mixture, it is meticulously detailed with
ultra fine embossed motifs, and ornamental jewel chains that festoon the edges
of her robes. The application of lacquer; completed with layers of and polychrome
and gold leaf finishing created an effect reminiscent of gilded bronze sculpture.
The elaborate artistry is the hallmark of statues created for home shrine in the
Qing eras (1644-1911 AD).
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