Vintage Terracotta Warrior Statue
China, Circa: 20th Century or earlier
in.(39cm) X W.6 in.(15cm) X D.3 in.(7.5cm)
terracotta guardian is wearing a elaborate open wings bird shaped helmet, a suit
of armor with protective armors and high boots. With his right hand raised in
a clenching fist, standing above a bull pedestal, the Dharmapala has large bulging
eyes and fierce expressions. The figure is a brilliant examples of Dharmapalas
are warrior guardians of Buddhist temples stablished
since the Tang dynasty.
They were introduced to China in the mid-seventh century by a Cingalese Buddhist
monk Pu Kung. Not unlike the guardian Chimera, these figures soon became popular
mortuary guardians in the tombs of emperors and imperial officials. They are known
as Heavenly Kings (Tien-wang), guardians of the four directions that protect the
world from attacks of evil spirits. The statue is attributed to early 20th century.
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