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Ming Bronze Lokapala

Antique Chinese Ming Bronze Statue
Guardian of Four Direction
Circa: Ming period, 17th century
H 19.5 in.(49cm), W 7 in.(18cm), D 5 in.(12.5cm)
Hand forged solid bronze in good condition

In Tibetan Buddhism Lokapalas are the protectors of the world. In China and Japan they are worshipped as the Four Great Heavenly Kings, guardians of the four directions, who are often seen as protectors of dharma (Dharmapalas) at a temple gate. Of the four guardians this bronze appears to be Vaisravana, the Guardian of the North, who holds a stupa and a parasol (replaced). He is seen here wearing a large open-crown with a seated Shakyamuni Buddha in the center, a symbol of his Sotapana devotion to the noble eightfold path. The Lokapala is dressed in an ornate suit of armor with lion-headed shoulder guards, two demon masks flanking a heart mirror, below his bulging stomach he wears a large taotie mask waistband, with a rolling sash around his shoulders recoiled down by his feet. Both in front and back, crisp hand chased motifs distinguish this artfully sculpted guardian. In consistent of its age are a few minor imperfections, with reddish oxidation shown on the underside and traces of malachite throughout. The solid bronze weights approximately twenty pounds.

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Estimated Value: $7000

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