Published Sep 30 2013, by


This stoic warrior, a loyal and brave guardian and protector, wears boots, armor, and military robes that evoke the style of the Three Kingdoms period (184-280).  Military heroes from this important time in Chinese history have been enduring subjects in Chinese art and literature, including the 14th century historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms.  These figures were popular subjects in Qing dynasty art including painting, prints, and sculpture.  Sculpted granite figures such as this one were sometimes used as ballast on ships engaged in trade with Southeast Asia.  As a result, these sculptures are found in locations where they were left as gifts from Chinese merchants including many Buddhist temples in Thailand.