Posted 2 years ago
The Chinese (and Japanese) seem to have a limited number of classical sculptured figures: various aspects of Buddha, Quan Yin, Star Gods, shishi lions, military figures, etc. But this one is not commonly seen in the West. The figure is 10 1/4" tall to the top of the staff, lost wax casting, silver and gold on brass. This is Tu Di Po. She is the Earth Grandmother, and wife of Tu Di Gong, the Earth God. She holds a ru yi (as you wish) in her right arm. a scepter intended for granting wishes. Legend has it that she was selected by the higher gods for Tu Di Po, to curb his generosity, as it was thought that he was granting wishes too freely.