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||Kubera | Duowen Tian | Sword|
Coarse light grey limestone carved statue of Kubera or Duowen Tian (Chinese), the Guardian King of the North. 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 North. The surface of the statue has traces of green, red and black painted and gilded gesso. The low base has holes in the back for attachment to the floor or wall.
|Credit Line||Exchange with Yamanaka & Company, 1940|
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