Antique Chinese Polychrome Wood Buddha
God of Wealth
Circa: Ming period, 17th Century and earlier
Condition: Paint and gilt, losses, aged condition!
H 11.5" (29cm), W 6" (15cm), D 2.5" (6cm)
This 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.