Antique Chinese Lacquered Gilt Wood Buddha
Origin: Qing Dynasty, Circa: 19th Century
8.5" (21cm.), W 4" (10cm.), D 3" (7.5cm.)
Condition: Very good.
well carved statue in wood with black pigment and red lacquer overlaid with heavy
gilding which is still intact. Representing a youthful dharmapala in full armor,
with chain mail and taotie mask in Ming warrior costume, striding forward as he
carries a sacred baby boy, whose long earlobes and hands filled with treasure
suggest he is endowed with exceptional powers. The richness of the gilding lends
an appealing warmth, with smoothly reflective surfaces contrasting with the hatched
and patterned details of the armor. The graceful and lively figure was doubtless
one element in the larger scheme of an altar.