Antique Buddha Museum Statues
Taoist Warrior Deity
Antique Hollow Joined Block Gilt Wood Deity

Guardian Warrior

Taoist Shrine Statue

Origin: China. Circa: Qing, 19th Century
H 18 in.(46cm), W 10 in.(25cm), D 6 in.(15cm)
Condition: replaced seat and scepter
A rare Three-eyed Taoist Deity in warrior helmet, serene moon face with eyes downcast in meditation, hands hidden in long-sleeves and holding a scepter. The main body and the portrait-quality face are in very good condition, the lacquer on his back is aged to a dappled softness. There are a few minor splits and a restoration near his knees. Although the identity of this deity is unknown. As indicated by the size and gesture of the statue, he was likely worshipped in a small Taoist temple.

The technique of joined block wood carving is generally seen in Japanese Buddha statues; which made this Chinese carved wood Deity a rarity. Chinese wood carvings in the 19th century were often applied with stucco for the first layer, then painted with black and red lacquer, and sprinkled with a finish layer of powder gold dust.

Estimated value $500
text/call: 510-556-3555

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