Rather unusual late Tang Dynasty (9th century AD) Chinese bronze small votive sculpture of one of the Buddhist guardians / Heavenly Generals. Great dynamic posture, obvious old losses, but the spirit of the sculpture is still there. Wonderful casting with beautiful worn face, graceful rhythm to the folds of his clothing, traces of gilding on the surface. The piece must have been used on a household altar, excellent patina from incense and centuries of handling. Freely hanging on a wire support on a wooden stand, easily removable off the stand. Superb piece for scholar’s table. Height of the sculpture 1 5/16 inches, height with stand 2 7/8 inches.