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Object Number: C401
Current Location: China Gallery
Currently On Display
Culture:Chinese
Buddhist
Provenience: China
Henan
Period: Tang Dynasty
Date Made: 8th Century
Early Date: 700
Late Date: 799
Section:Asian
Materials:Clay
Technique:Fired
Glazed
Iconography:Lokapala
Credit Line:Purchased from C. T. Loo, 1922

Description

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.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Rotunda (1968)View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Article] 1924. Chinese Sculpture. The Museum Journal. Volume XV (No. 4): 258-287. : Page/Fig./Plate: 258-287View Objects cited in this Publication

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