Carved Image of Guan Ti
Item No. 16909
Late 19th Century, Taoist / Popular Religions, China
Lacquer over Wood with Polychrome and Gilt
16.5" x 9.5" x 8"
( 41.91 x 24.13 x 20.32 cm)
(H x W x D)
This finely carved image represents Kuan Ti as an imposing figure of statue and power. He wears a soldier’s uniform with protective chain mail amour on his chest, arms, and legs with flaring epaulets arising from his uniform at the elbows. His officials cap with feathered wings flares out from the sides of his head and a sheath from his head gear flows down his back. He stands firmly with his booted feet facing outwards, his left hand on his waist and high right held officiously in front of him. At his waist is a tao tieh, under which is a tied scarf which falls to his ankles.
Of all the heroes in Chinese history, Kuan Ti, who lived during the Three Kingdoms Period (160-219 A.D.), is the best known and revered as being all things to all men, and prayed to not only for protection and prosperity, but also to solve all problems, personal, domestic, national and universal. Legends and myths about his feats have been immortalized in popular and religious art, literature, and even operas.
Kuan Ti is a syncretic deity in China, meaning that he is prayed to by those who follow the three basic Chinese religions.
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