A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF A GUARDIAN, TANG DYNASTY
A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF A GUARDIAN
standing with the proper right hand raised, the fingers splayed and likely once holding an attribute, the other lowered and holding a knotted club firmly in front of the body, the hair in wild upward-oriented tufts above a fiercely modeled face with bushy brows, bulging eyes and mouth agape with fangs, the muscular body outfitted in belted short trousers, modern stand, Japanese wood box (5)
Height 4¾ in., 12 cm
With seven fingers and additional fingertips missing. Some hair tips with small losses. With surface wear and verdipatination. Small posts have been soldered to the undersides of the feet. A repaired break at the top of the club.
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Collection of James (1913-1990) and Marilyn (1925-2019) Alsdorf.
Sotheby's New York, 23rd-24th March 1998, lot 529 (part lot).
Hugo Munsterberg, Chinese Buddhist Bronzes, Tokyo, 1967, pl. 89.
Hugo Munsterberg，《Chinese Buddhist Bronzes》，東京，1967年，圖版89
Compare other gilt-bronze guardian figures attributed to the Tang dynasty, illustrated in Saburo Matsubara, Chinese Buddhist Sculpture: A study based on bronze and stone statues other than works from cave temples, Tokyo, 1966, pls 254a-d. A pair of gilt-bronze figures of guardians attributed to the Tang, also with muscular bodies and similar poses, and with long studded clubs and spears, was sold in these rooms, 22nd September 2004, lot 15.