Nara Period - 19th Century
Carved wood painted standing guardian figure of Shitenno, one of the four guardian kings, possibly Komokuten, Guardian King of the West. Wears armor. Face has ferocious look with wide open mouth and glass inlaid eyes. Figure is leaning forward with right hand lowered and slightly behind figure. If this figure is Komokuten he would have held scroll in the left and a brush in the right both of which are now broken off. Left hand inaccurately attached. It is currently to the front and bent at elbow with hand up. Figure stands on an Oni, a dwarf-like figure representing evil, with bulging eyes, large round nose, big mouth with buck teeth and black curly hair. Oni wears ankle and wrist bands.
Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Current & Past Exhibitions:
Collection of Japanese Buddhist Art (1899)
[Book] Sommerville, Maxwell. 1904. Monograph of the Buddhist Temple in the Free Museum of Science and Art, University of Pennsylvania. 1-47. : Page/Fig./Plate: 7
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