Brahma Standing on a Turtle Surrounded by the Four Lokapalas, Guardians of the Cardinal Directions
H. 12 1/2 in. (31.8 cm); W. 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm); D. 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm)
Gift of Guardian of the Flame Collection, 2003
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.