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We recently acquired this wonderful figure of a Chinese Warrior. He appears
to be doing battle with a snake (under his right foot), and his left foot is astride a turtle. I'm sure this figure
represents a story in Chinese history, but we have been unable to locate a specific source. However, we think that this figure may represent the following:
"Wei Tuo Pú-sà (bodhisattva Skanda) is recognized as one of the eight divine protectors
in Chinese Buddhism. Iconographically, he appears as a majestic general in his armor.
Before entering Nirvana, Buddha ordered the general, who remained in this world, to protect
the Buddha Dharma. After the death of Buddha, the relics were robbed by evil demons. The bodhisattva Wei Tuo managed to overcome
the demons and recovered the relics of Buddha.
Wei Tuo Pú Sà is regarded as a devoted guardian of Buddhist monasteries who guards faithfully
the Buddhist treasures and the objects of the Dharma."
Price: $495.00 includes domestic shipping (48 contiguous
He is beautifully and intricately carved and painted. The gold relief of his costume
is done in exceptionally fine detail, and his face is extremely well done although partially blackened from being in
an outdoor environment.
There is a repaired piece in the swirling cloth around his head and some small chips of
missing paint out of the same area. Other than that, he is in good condition.
Height: 15", Width: 9", Depth: 8" Weight: 6 lbs.
This lovely statue was represented to us as a very old piece, although we have
no way of determining its age. It appears to us to be a truly old relic.