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Chinese Wood Carving of a Daoist Guardian. Late Qing
October 2019 Auction by Far East Asian Art

A powerful carving of a single piece wood depicting a Daoist guardian god in military garb with one harm raised in threatening posture. China, second half of 19th cent. H 35.5 cm. Condition: Drying crack in the right side and missing lid on the back where offerings or talismanic papers would have been placed. Otherwise in a surprisingly good state, i.e. no worming, breaks or replacements.