Sculpture / Nara

Kamakura period, 13th century

Wood, joined block construction

H 155.5


Deities formerly kept in the North Octagonal Hall (Hokuen-dō) of Kōfuku-ji temple, Nara


This work constituted as the one of the Four Guardian Kings and came from Kōfuku-ji Temple together with the Kōmokuten (Skt. Virūpāṣa) and the Zōchōten (Skt. Virūḍhaka). The waist was twisted rightward and the right hand was raised aloft holding the small pagoda, characterized a lively posture. The black eye was inlaid with different block of wood to emphasize the raging face.

Masterworks from the Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall at the Nara National Museum. Nara National Museum, 2010, p.140, no.141.

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