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Chinese Unglazed Pottery Lokapala Guardian Figure

Tang dynasty


Finely modeled in the full round with dramatic pose with arm raised and standing upon a demon.  The figure is dressed in armor and helmet decorated with a bird; and the epaulets, with dragon heads. Retaining vestiges of original slip decoration.
Tang dynasty, AD 618-907
Height: 23 inches (58.4 cm.)
Ex Collection: Ezekiel Schloss (acquired from our gallery in the early 1970s)
Illustrated: R. Spelman, The Arts of China, C.W. Post Art Gallery, 1977, No. 80
A group of similar Lokapala figures were found in Shensi province and published in Wen Wu, 1958, Nos. 151-4.

With custom fitted wood base.

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