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
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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.