LARGE BRONZE FIGURE OF WENCHANG
MING–QING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY
59.3 cm high
The seated God of Literature is depicted as a civil official in typical cap, long robe finely chased with a border of flames and clouds that cascades to the tip of his shoes and a double belt ornamented with simulated jade plaques. A dragon amidst flames is cast in relief on the figure’s torso. His bearded and mustachioed face has a serene expression and his left hand rests on one knee. The figure is supported on a faceted plinth with ruyi-shaped feet.
Paul Ruitenbeek Chinese Art