A large gilt-lacquered wood figure of Zhenwu, Ming dynasty | 明 木漆金真武坐像
A large gilt-lacquered wood figure of Zhenwu
seated upright with a straight back and feet firmly planted in front, the hands placed over the thighs, the face directed forward with a calm expression framed by straight hair neatly combed back, wearing a long, layered robe falling open at the chest to reveal armor underneath, a court belt strapped over the top of the belly, covered entirely in red lacquer beneath gilding, save for the hair and eyes picked out in black
Height 47 in., 120 cm
Missing left hand, a restored crack across the left foot, some restored cracks near the right leg, back base repaired. A restored round patch to the back. More losses and cracks to the edges, some restored. Wear and losses to the gilt lacquer throughout.
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