A SMALL GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF A GUARDIAN, TANG DYNASTY
A SMALL GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF A GUARDIAN
the figure cast in full body armor stepping on a small kneeling figure, with a high topknot, fierce expression, curly mustache and shorn beard, the celestial sashes billowing about the body, all raised on an integral naturalistic base, mounted on a modern stand, Japanese wood box (3)
Height 3¼ in., 8.3 cm
In overall good condition with minor losses to the extremities typical for the age and type including to the tips of the sash, headdress, and to the attribute once held in the raised hand. This figure was likely part of a larger composition of figures. With wear to the gilding, minor pitting, and minor verdipatination.
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Shitsuyubushō [All With Buddha Nature], Kosetsu Museum of Art, Kobe, 2017, cat. no. I-13.
Compare a related bronze figure of a guardian standing atop a demon, from the collection of Langdon Warner, attributed to the Tang dynasty, illustrated in Chinese Buddhist Bronzes: A Loan Exhibition, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1950, cat. no. 89