Mortuary Figurine


Location: On Display in the Asia Galleries

From: China | Henan

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Native Name Mingqi
Object Number C401
Current Location Asia Galleries - On Display
Culture Chinese | Buddhist
Provenience China | Henan
Period Tang Dynasty
Date Made 8th Century CE
Section Asian
Materials Clay
Technique Fired | Glazed
Iconography Lokapala

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.

Credit Line Purchased from C. T. Loo, 1922

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