Early Chinese Tomb Figures were often included in the tombs of important people.
When important Chinese died they would bury items precious to the person with them, such as things to help them in the afterlife.
Some of China’s greatest architectural discoveries came from tombs going back at least 2,000 years. In tombs from the Song, Ming & Tang Periods you’ll often find figurines: maybe personal Gods or Diety’s, musicians to entertain, horses and favourite attendants.
During the Ming period small figures of God’s were often included; they would also bury pottery representations of food, or models of favourite farmyard animals like pigs and cows.
Condition Report :
– Excellent condition
– Traces of age related wear and mineral deposits
Makers Marks :
– Typically no makers or other marks present.
– Age related Mineral deposits. See Pics.
Size & Specification
– Stands: 15cm tall on a 8.5cm by 5cm base.
– Unpacked Weight: 350 gms
GUARANTEED – Authentic and of the period stated.
Guandi, The Chinese God of War. Other names Guan Yu, also Guan, Gong or Wudi.
Guandi’s immense popularity with the common mane rests on the firm belief that his control over evil spirits is so great that even actors who play his part in dramas share his power over demons.
Guandi is a natural favorite of soldiers and is patron of numerous trades and professions. This is because Guan Yu, the mortal who became Guandi after death, is said by tradition to have been a peddler of bean curd early in life.
In art Guandi usually wears a green robe and has a reddish face. Other representations show Guandi holding one of the Confucian classics, the Zuozhuan, which he reputedly memorized. A feat of memory that led the literati to adopt him as the god of literature.
In the 17th century Guandi’s following spread to Korea, where it was popularly believed that he saved the country from invasion by the Japanese.