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明 黃銅鎏金天王像
Guardian, probably a Lokapala (Tian wang)

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
early 17th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Gilt brass; lost-wax cast
Dimensions:
H. 12 3/4 in. (32.4 cm); W. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm); D. 5 in. (12.7 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Vincent Astor Foundation Gift, 2002
Accession Number:
2002.254
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 208
Guardians of various types play an important role in religious imagery, literature, and the performing and visual arts. This figure is most likely one of the four heavenly protectors of Buddhism who serve as guardians of the cardinal directions.
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