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Object Number:40-35-1
Current Location: Asia Galleries
Currently On Display
Culture:Chinese
Provenience: China
Shanxi
Tianlongshan
Period: Tang Dynasty
Date Made: 700 - 750 CE
Early Date: 700
Late Date: 750
Section:Asian
Materials:Limestone
Gesso
Paint
Gilding
Technique:Carved
Gesso
Painted
Gilded
Iconography:Virūḍhaka
Zēngcháng Tiān
Sword
Height: 143 cm
Credit Line:Exchange with Yamanaka & Company, 1940

Description

Coarse light grey limestone carved statue of Virūḍhaka or Zēngcháng Tiān (Chinese). This lokapala, or celestial guardian king is associated with one of the four directions and wears the traditional leather and quilted uniform of a Tang warrior. He is thought to represent the Guardian of the South. The surface has traces of green, red and black painted and gilded gesso. The low base has holes in the back for an attachment to the floor or wall.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Rotunda (1968) View Objects in Exhibition
Chinese Halls (1941 - 1966) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Article] Jayne, Horace H. 1941. "Maitreya and Guardians". The University Museum Bulletin. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. 9. no. 1. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 2-8, pls. I-III.View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Jayne, Horace H. 1941. "The Chinese Collections of The University Museum: A Handbook of the Principal Objects". The University Museum Bulletin. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. 9. no. 2-3. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Figure 25View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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