Carved and painted wooden figure of a deity, Bei Dei, the Northern Emperor, seated on a rock and holding a sword in his right hand. The right foot is placed upon a serpent, and the left foot rests upon a turtle. He wears gold armour and has a full black beard.
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.