Description: The fine casted Buddha figure of the general GuanDi, modelled seated on a throne with a draped elongated robes, with finely defined armor, the hair covered with a scholar's headscarf tied at the top with a ribbon, the face with a serene expression, with right hand raised to shoulder height, touching the elongated beard, while the left hand resting on the lap. The figure characterized with fine hair and beard. Extensive trace of gilt. Two figures have been adopted by Mahayana temples as Dharma Protectors. The two warriors vow to look after the teachings and protect those who practice them. The first is Guan Di /Guan Yu, a Chinese general of the Kingdom of Shu during the Three Kingdoms Period (220 280 AD). He is a folk hero and very much part of traditional Chinese Taoism and Shenism. This red or gold faced and bearded figure can be seen at the entrance of the main hall of many temples in China. He carries a halberd and has a stern expression. His usage is a classic example of non-Buddhist entities being brought into the pantheon.
Dimensions: Dimension: 10"H
Medium: Bronze, Gold
Date: Qing Dynasty
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