Antique Guan Yu Chinese Shrine 18th century foo dog alter statue

 Juan Gong a/k/a Guan Gong was a Chinese General.  He is also  referred to as “Guan Di” and  "Guan Yu.”  ( he died in 220)  Regardless of which name he was one of the best known Chinese historical figures throughout East Asia, Guan's true life stories have largely given way to fictionalised ones, he has the reputation for  bringing good luck and success to businesses and restaurants.  He is revered as being the epitome of loyalty and righteousness.  I have been told that he has a “nickname” of “Wet Face,” the meaning of which has been attributed to “drinking” quite a bit or perspiring during exertion in battle.  (I have no facts to back this up other than three separate sources who grew up in China.) He is a figure in Chinese folk religion, popular Confucianism, Taoism, and Chinese Buddhism, and small shrines to Guan are almost ubiquitous in traditional Chinese shops and restaurants.  Guan Yu is also worshipped by Chinese businessmen in Shanxi, Hong Kong, Macau and Southeast Asia as an alternative wealth god, since he is perceived to bless the upright and protect them from the wicked.   This statue is from the 1700's and I believe it was a traveling shrine that was kept with a person who traveled and did business interanationally. Two repousse Foo dogs lie at his back and a small golen flower symbol resides on his back. It may be a signature of some sort as to who made this. There is a metal silver wire that from ear to ear where it may be that he was hung from something.  It measures 3" long, 2 3/4" wide and 1 3/4" tall. Completely handwrought, he has a movable metal belt robe that hangs down under his weapon , also called a guan dao named Green Dragon Crescent Blade, which resembled a glaive. This is in original found condition with no damage and with its original patina. Truly a rare find what will help you prosper as it has with its original owners, I am sure.     VintageSparkles offers Layaway on all our pieces regardless of which site it comes from.All layaway payments will need to be in the form of a check or money order only. Please remember that vintage & antique items are not mint, nor are they perfect but they sure are full of old history and charm. Please use photos to make your decisions and read our policies prior to buying so you can have an excellent experience with us.    Please use this number when ordering ga000417.    If you want to see more of these pretties this is the link to my etsy store. or visit our gallery on pinterest where you can see all our pieces at once

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