Heavenly Guardians, Deva Kings (Sanskrit: Lokapala) are the protectors of the
four directions. Traditionally they are worshipped as protectors of Buddhist sanctuaries,
and are seen at the entrances to temples against evil sprits.
This impressively striking Heavenly King with flaring full beard is tentatively
identified as Mo Li Shou, Guardian of the North. Elaborately carved, Here the
face of the Guardian is sublimely placid, he is adorned with several taotie masks
over his waistband and shoes, cloaked in long robes, dressed in full array of
traditional warrior armor, and stands in an impassive advancing posture, with
one foot forward and a raised right fist that once held a whip. The dense rosewood
statue is highly polished to a shine, which appeared to have a few age related
minor splits. Overall it is remaining in very good condition.