Chinese Gilt Wood Buddha
Guardian of Buddhist Faith
Origin: Ming Dynasty, Circa: 17-18th Century
8.5" (21cm), W 5" (12.5cm), D 3" (7.5cm)
Measurement not including
Condition: crack lines, paint and gilt
exquisite Dharmapala statue, the vigorous guardian of the Dharma and protector
of the faith. He is wearing a Ming style head dress, in full warrior armor carved
in intricately low relief, and prominently seated with hand raised in no-fear
gesture. There is a hollowed space in his back for consecrated ritual offerings.
The gilded gold and polychrome have been lost through the passing of three centuries.
There is no visible damage other than two crack lines in the back of the head
dress. The statue is mounted on a plexiglass stand for secured display.