A seated gilt bronze figure of Guandi
17th century, China
Height: 9.8 cm, 3.9 inches
Guandi is one of the gods from the Daoist popular pantheon, a special patron of the military and associated with loyalty, bravery, the killer of demons and queller of ghosts.
Depicted here seated foursquare on a rectangular platform, dressed in armour partly covered by a plain cloak, bearded and holding a sword in his right hand.