Grave figurine of a lokapala, guardian king. A lokapala is a warrior, or one of the four Heavenly Kings who guard the four directions of the universe. Based on supernatural beings, lokapala images guarded temples or tombs from those who challenged the faith. The crushed demon underneath the warrior's feet further emphasizes his dominance. Although sometimes depicted solo or in pairs, lokapalas are most often in sets of four. One of a set of three (C401, C402, C403). Glazed.
Purchased from C. T. Loo, 1922
Current & Past Exhibitions:
Chinese Rotunda (1968)
[Article] 1924. Chinese Sculpture. The Museum Journal. Volume XV (No. 4): 258-287. : Page/Fig./Plate: 258-287
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