Northern Chinese Qing (Ch'ing) dynasty middle to late 18th century carved wood figure in lost lacquer red and gold techniques. Purchased from Cushman Sears, a well known Old Saybrook, CT, Asian art specialist, in 1964 for $25 (!). Valued at $250 in 1966 and appraised in 1992 by Harmer Rooke, NY, for $800-$1750. Elaborate carved guardian figure with fearsome face, crown-armor with glaring eyes, and scrolled sleeves at elbows. One hand grips the sword hilt and the other hand is outstretched. Figure is 8" high and base is 1.75" high (total 9.75" high).