China. Circa: Early 20th century
H.4.5 in.(11.5cm), W.3.25 in.(8cm), D.1.75
: missing sword, overall very good!
small carving sparkles with potent energy and determination despite its age, a
testament to the eternal assiduous appetite for wealth. The figure is spirited,
striding triumphantly on the backs of a vigorous lion. He is known as the Taoist
Star-god of Affluence, the deified spirit of Pi Kan, a sage of the 12th century
BC Talismans such as money trees and other sources of wealth are associated with
him. His shrine is to be found in nearly every home.
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