Painted and carved wooden figure of the deity Guan Di, with red face, black beard and gold robes above armour, seated on red throne. Right hand has an aperture, from which an attribute is missing. Guan Di was a great master of war, as indicated by the armour, as well as a well studied intellectual as indicated by the robe.
Part of The Louise Tythacott Collection . The Louise Tythacott Collection was compiled as the result of intensive fieldwork over several years in South China and Hong Kong. Ms Tythacott is a Chinese-speaking anthropologist and a museum curator, and was Curator of Ethnography at Liverpool Museum, who was particularly fortunate in developing contacts during the course of her work. Ms Tythacott has also made collections for the Museum of Mankind.