541
541

PROPERTY FROM THE BERGER COLLECTION EDUCATIONAL TRUST, SOLD TO BENEFIT FUTURE PHILANTHROPY

AN EXTREMELY LARGE GILT-LACQUERED WOOD FIGURE OF WEITUO
MING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 137,500 USD
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541

PROPERTY FROM THE BERGER COLLECTION EDUCATIONAL TRUST, SOLD TO BENEFIT FUTURE PHILANTHROPY

AN EXTREMELY LARGE GILT-LACQUERED WOOD FIGURE OF WEITUO
MING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 137,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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AN EXTREMELY LARGE GILT-LACQUERED WOOD FIGURE OF WEITUO
MING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY
the bodhisattva dressed as a warrior, standing with one foot thrust forward, the arms and hands at waist-level posed to hold a now missing weapon, wearing chainmail armor over flowing robes, the midriff with a fierce 'monster'-mask chestguard, the mail skirt terminating in mask-weights, the face with a gentle expression, red lacquer under the gilding and additional red and black lacquer accenting the face and clothing, modern stand (2)
Height 65 in., 165.1 cm
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Provenance

Sotheby's New York, 19th March 1997, lot 169.
Collection of Bernadette and William M. B. Berger, Denver, Colorado, acquired in 1997.

Catalogue Note

Weituo appears in Buddhist temples as the 'Entry Guardian.' He leads the thirty-two heavenly generals who come under the Four Heavenly Kings and has earned such titles as the 'Protector of the Buddhist Faith,' the 'Protector of Monasteries,' and the 'Protector of Dharma Books.' In all temples where his image is found, he is always placed with his back to the statue of Maitreya Buddha so that he faces the Main or Grand Hall where the principal deities of the temple are enshrined.

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