Guardian, probably a Lokapala (Tian wang)


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.

Guardian, probably a Lokapala (Tian wang), Gilt brass; lost-wax cast, China

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