Figure, possibly the God of Wealth in His Military Aspect
Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Kangxi period (1662–1722)
late 17th–early 18th century
Porcelain painted in famille verte enamels on the biscuit
H. 22 3/4 in. (57.8 cm)
Bequest of John D. Rockefeller Jr., 1960
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 202
The tentative identification of this figure with the God of Wealth is based on the hat that he wears. One of many popular gods in China, the God of Wealth (Cai Shen) is thought to derive from a historical figure who lived during the Qin dynasty (221–206 B.C.), and was later deified and revered for his ability to foster wealth and good fortune.