Rikishi (Guardian)


Rikishi (Guardian)

Sculpture / Nara

Nara period or Tang dynasty, China, 8th century

Color on hollow dry lacquer

H 59.0



The statue is called Kongō Rikishi (Skt. Vajrapāṇi) as a tutelary deity in the Buddhism. The comical appearance with bushy beard gives a cheerful impression and represents as an exceptional example. It may have been categorized into the eight century sculptures. However, the place of fabrication is still under discussion, suggesting either in Japan or in China.

Masterworks from the Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall at the Nara National Museum. Nara National Museum, 2010, p.136, no.167.

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