Location: On Display in the Asia Galleries

From: China | Shanxi | Tianlongshan

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Object Number 40-35-2
Current Location Asia Galleries - On Display
Culture Chinese
Provenience China | Shanxi | Tianlongshan
Period Tang Dynasty
Date Made 700 - 750 CE
Section Asian
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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