Tang Dynasty Lokapala Guardian Figure - CHINA - 618 to 907 AD

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Seller: artcharl-xisybii4 (334) 100%, Location: Marietta, Georgia, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 254324246394 Tang Dynasty Lokapala Guardian Figure - CHINA - 618 to 907 AD 1000+ year old guardian figure, or Lokapala, from ancient China. Figure molded wearing heavy armor, standing in a dynamic pose with arm raised in a threatening gesture, standing atop a bull. Low-fired terracotta with traces of original paint. Reassembled from several large pieces. Field repairs throughout, as expected with these fragile figures. Proper left arm reattached, with crack visible. Please examine photographs carefully. Purchased years ago at auction, these are part of my personal collection that I am selling to downsize. To provide the best protection for the deceased, these guardians represent the most powerful military figures known to the Tang Chinese, namely, the very foreigners they so often battled. While the presence of foreign warriors as guardians in Tang tombs was common, these figures also exhibit elements from another tradition: Buddhism. Powerful sculptures of exactly this type in stone and wood are found in Buddhist temples throughout Central Asia, China, and the rest of East Asia, where they served as directional guardians or heavenly kings. The tradition of stomping on demons or beasts, is borrowed from Buddhism. Indeed, these guardians are often called lokapalas, as are the Buddhist examples. 15.25 Inches Tall 6.5 Inches Wide Ex: NYC Collection $29.00 shipping/handling in the United States due to size and fragility See my other auctions for fine antiquities, Asian art and ethnographic curiosities from around the world Condition: 15.25 Inches Tall, Material: Clay, Region of Origin: China, Provenance: Ex: NYC Collection, Age: Pre-1800, Primary Material: Clay, Theme: Men, Women & Children, Original/Reproduction: Antique Original, Height: 15in. (38cm), Chinese Dynasty: Tang (618-907)

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