Location: On Display in the Asia Galleries
From: China | Shanxi | Tianlongshan
Curatorial Section: Asian
|Current Location||Asia Galleries - On Display|
|Provenience||China | Shanxi | Tianlongshan|
|Date Made||700 - 750 CE|
|Materials||Limestone | Gesso | Paint | Gilding|
|Technique||Carved | Gesso | Painted | Gilded|
|Iconography||Virūḍhaka | Zēngcháng Tiān | Sword|
Coarse light grey limestone carved statue of Virūḍhaka or Zēngcháng Tiān (Chinese). This lokapala, or celestial guardian king is associated with one of the four directions and wears the traditional leather and quilted uniform of a Tang warrior. He is thought to represent the Guardian of the South. The surface has traces of green, red and black painted and gilded gesso. The low base has holes in the back for an attachment to the floor or wall.
|Credit Line||Exchange with Yamanaka & Company, 1940|
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