Qing Dynasty God of Wealth On Foo Dog Lion Gilded Lacquered Wood Statue
Antique Lacquered Gilt Wood Statue
God of Wealth 財神
Dharmapala on Fu Dog Lion
Circa: Late Qing to Republic, 19th century
H.4.5 in. (11.5cm), W.3.25 in. (8cm), D.1.75 in. (4.5cm)
Condition: missing sword, overall very good!
This small carving radiates with energy and determination, a testament to the eternal assiduous appetite for wealth and wellbeing. The figure is spirited, fully cloaked in warrior armors, with scarf flowing above his shoulders, the deified spirit of Pi Kan is striding triumphantly on the backs of a vigorous lion. He is known as the Taoist Star-god of Affluence, a sage of the 12th century BC. Talismans such as money trees and other sources of wealth, Taoist and Buddhist faiths are associated with him, his shrine is to be found in nearly every Chinese family.