A biscuit and green-glazed figure of Guandi Late Ming Dynasty, 16th/17th century (2)

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Lot 175
A biscuit and green-glazed figure of Guandi
Late Ming Dynasty, 16th/17th century

Sold for £ 18,750 (US$ 24,630) inc. premium
The Property of a Lady 女士藏品
A biscuit and green-glazed figure of Guandi
Late Ming Dynasty, 16th/17th century
Stoutly modelled as Guandi, the God of War with fierce expression, wearing helmet and finely defined armour covered by flowing green-glazed robes decorated with a snarling dragon and the glaze with a fine crackle, on carved hardwood base. 22cm (8 3/4in) high (2).

Footnotes

  • 明末十六/十七世紀 青釉關帝坐像

    Provenance: an English private collection, purchased by the late husband of the present owner, in the 1960s or 1970s, by repute

    來源: 英國私人收藏; 於1960或1970年代由現藏家已故之丈夫購得

    The figure represents Guandi, the God of War, who is the deification of a historical hero General Guan Yu (died 217 AD). He was a warrior of renowned bravery and honour and was lionised in the popular Ming novel 'Romance of the Three Kingdoms' by Luo Guanzhong.

    Under constant threat of foreign incursions, the late Ming government sponsored the cult worship of Guan Yu as the God of War as well as the God of Wealth to help raise martial spirit among the population.
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