Image of Guan Ti
Item No. 7538
19th - 20th Century, Taoist / Popular Religions, China
Lacquer over Wood and Polychrome
9.5" x 5" x 2"
( 24.13 x 12.7 x 5.08 cm)
(H x W x D)
This fierce seated warrior represents Guan Ti (also known as Guan Di or Guan-gong) who, together with Zhang Fei, Zho Yun, Ma Chao and Huang Zhon are known as the Five Tiger Generals. Known as the God of War, he is one of the most popular folk heroes in China, and statues of this figure are placed in shrines, temples, homes and even police stations. He represents justice, honesty and integrity and is believed to protect against evil. He is shown here wearing military clothing, including chained armor at his chest and a tigers face on his chest, and a high headdress. As is typical, he is portrayed with a long mustache and beard and fiercely slanted eyes to demonstrate his bravery and fortitude.
He is covered with a copper pigment throughout and is seated on a plain pedestal.
Patricia Bjaaland Welch, "Chinese Art: A Guide to Motifs and Visual Imagery, Hong Kong, Tuttle Publishing, 2008.
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