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Yama, Lord of Death: Regent of the South

Period:
Anuradhapura period
Date:
9th century
Culture:
Sri Lanka
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H. 9 in. (22.9 cm); W. 5 in. (12.7 cm); D. 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Guardian of the Flame Collection, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.468.1
Not on view
The lokapalas stand in each of the four cardinal directions as protectors of both the Buddhist dharma (teachings) and the religious community. Texts speak of monasteries being constructed on grids symbolically marked with these deities, leaving the specific ritual function of these sculptures an open question.

Yama, Lord of Death is Regent of the South. He holds the remains of a staff. His mount is the buffalo.
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