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Dharmapala Standing on a Lion

ca. 16th century
Stone with traces of gold paint, inlaid with turquoise
H. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm); W. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm); D. 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm); Wt. 6 lbs (2.7 kg)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Foundation of Fine Art of the Century Gift, 1985
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 253
Dharmapalas, defenders of the dharma, the Buddha’s teachings, represent a category of wrathful guardians essential to the Tibetan system of Buddhism. They are understood to be enlightened beings. This fearsome protector stands astride an equally expressive lion, warding off spiritual dangers.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Art of the Himalayas," December 15, 2010–December 4, 2011.

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