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Statue

Object Number:
40-35-2
Current Location:
China Gallery
Culture:
Chinese
Provenience:
China
Shanxi
Tianlongshan
Period:
Tang Dynasty
Date Made:
700 A.D.-750 A.D.
Early Date:
700
Late Date:
750
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Limestone
Gesso
Paint
Gilding
Technique:
Carved
Gesso
Painted
Gilded
Iconography:
Kuvera
Duowen Tian
Sword
Description:
Coarse light grey limestone carved statue of Kuvera or Duowen Tian (Chinese), the Guardian King of the North. This lokapala, or celestial guardian king associated with one of the four direction, wears the traditional leather and quilted uniform of a Tang warrior. He is thought to represent the Guardian of the North. The surface of the statue has traces of green, red and black painted and gilded gesso. The low base has holes in back for attachment to the floor or wall.
Credit Line:
Exchange with Yamanaka and Company

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Rotunda (1968)
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Chinese Halls (1941 - 1966)
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Bibliography:

[Article] Jayne, Horace H. F. 1941. Maitreya and Guardians. The University Museum Bulletin. 9 (1) : Page/Fig./Plate: 2-8, pls. I-III.
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[Article] Jayne, Horace H. F. 1941. The Chinese Collections of The University Museum: A Handbook of the Principal Objects. The University Museum Bulletin. 9 (2-3) : Page/Fig./Plate: Figure 25
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