Image of a Taoist San Guan Shen Deity
Item No. 19020
19th Century, Taoist / Popular Religions, China
Lacquer over Wood and Polychrome
10" x 4.5" x 3.25"
( 25.4 x 11.43 x 8.255 cm)
(H x W x D)
This image represents Tian Guan, one of the three Taoist Deities referred to as the Three Official Divinities, or San Guan Shen. Tian Guan is known as the Deity of Heaven who brings good fortune to devotees and their families.
He is shown here, as is typical, seated regally and with authroity on a high pedestaled backless seat. Both hand held up crossed before his chest that originally held a removable hu tablet that would have read "Tian Guan bestows good fortune." He is garbed in voluminous robes, with an overcoat reaching to the tip of his shoes and open to reveal a belt from which extends a long three part sash centered with a round ornament. He wears an official's cap with five vertical strands and carved border on his forehead and curled around the back. His oval face with carved broad lidded eyes, large protruding nose, small closed lips and double chin and large pendulous ears engenders feelings of respect, power and integrity.
The statue is in very good condition with traces of lacquer throughout. This image was probably placed on a home altar where devotees lit incense and made offering of fruit, vegetables, flowers, wine and paper cut outs during the Lantern Festival on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month aftr Chinese New Year.
The image is in very good shape, with losses to the bottom.
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