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Qing Stone Standing Lokapala - HK.2040
Origin: China
Circa: 17 th Century AD to 19 th Century AD
Dimensions: 51" (129.5cm) high
Collection: Chinese
Medium: Stone

Additional Information: Hong Kong

Location: UAE
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This is a stone sculpture of a lokapala, a heavenly warrior who protects Buddhist doctrines. The figure stands commandingly atop a demon, with one arm raised, the other resting on the hip, wearing elaborate armor over a longer tunic, tied at the waist, the shoulder guards formed as dragonheads, wearing tall boots and greaves, with hair swept up in a high topknot.

The lokapalas are protectors of Buddhist doctrines. Wielding the power to subdue evil and demons, they maintain a wrathful outlook to showcase their might. The most prominent ones are the four celestial guardians of the four directions.

This sculpture is coherent with the typical Tang style, particularly when compared to their Sancai and terracotta forms. It is perhaps a later imitation of Tang style sculpture.While this lokapala steps upon a demon, the other popular choice is an ox. - (HK.2040)


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