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Object Number:40-35-2
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:Kubera
Duowen Tian
Sword
Credit Line:Exchange with Yamanaka & Company, 1940

Description

Coarse light grey limestone carved statue of Kubera or Duowen Tian (Chinese), the Guardian King of the North. 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 North. The surface of the statue has traces of green, red and black painted and gilded gesso. The low base has holes in the back for 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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