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Japanese Painted Wood Figure of a Guardian King, Edo Period, 18th Century



A striking Japanese carved and painted wooden temple figure of a Buddhist Heavenly King, Edo Period late 18th century. Although he is missing his identifying attribute, based on his stance and color of his face, it is most likely that this sculpture portrays the Guardian of the West, Virupaksa, known as Komoku-ten in Japan. The fierce protector, or Dhamapala, is carved and vibrantly painted in mineral pigments with gilt highlights. Portrayed in an active stance, with one foot raised upon a rocky outcrop, Komoku-ten, the All Seeing Guardian of the West, is dressed in the robes and armor of a general, colorful scarves billowing around his waist. His face and hands painted a crimson red, a metal crown upon his head, a tiger skin to his back. Crafted in the block construction technique, and carved from hinoki (Japanese cypress) wood.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 15.25 in. (38.74 cm)Width: 10 in. (25.4 cm)Depth: 4 in. (10.16 cm)
  • Style
    Edo (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    Late 18th Century
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor fading. Paint still vibrant, though chipping in some places. Missing one arm. The crown missing some elements. The flaming halo to the back missing.
  • Seller Location
    Austin, TX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU894715028982

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Located in Austin, TX

Founded in 2001, Lotus Gallery offers a carefully curated selection of furniture, jewelry, sculpture and works of art spanning millennia, continents and cultures. Although it seeks out beauty in all its forms, they specialize in Asian antiquities, especially Chinese pieces from the Han and Tang dynasties and chinoiserie. Based in Austi...

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