Chinese Bronze Buddha Statue
Guardian of Four Direction
Circa: early 20th century
H 10.75 in.(27cm), W 5 in.(12.5cm), D 3.5 in.(9cm)
Crack lines on sash, overall very good condition.
are the protectors of the world. They are worshipped as the four Deva Kings and
guardians of the four directions, who are often seen as protectors of dharma at
temple gates. The Lokapala seen here has a youthful face, he is sharp and full
of confidence, wearing a high crown with a horned taotie mask in the center, dressed
in an ornate suit of armor with tiger-headed shoulder guards, a large taotie mask
waistband flanking a heart mirror, and framed by 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. The bronze is thickly cast and heavy for its
size. Although it may have been cleaned not long ago, traces of gilt and oxidation
confirming the statue to be an early 20th century period piece.