<em>Standing Figure of Buddhist Guardian</em>, 13th-14th century. Wood sculpture with traces of polychromy, 23 7/16 x 11 5/8 in. (59.5 x 29.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Carll H. de Silver Fund and Museum Collection Fund, 61.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 61.1_front_PS6.jpg)

Standing Figure of Buddhist Guardian

Medium: Wood sculpture with traces of polychromy

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:13th-14th century

Dimensions: 23 7/16 x 11 5/8 in. (59.5 x 29.5 cm)


Museum Location: Asian Galleries, Arts of Japan, 2nd floor


Accession Number: 61.1

Image: 61.1_front_PS6.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
The piece has been attributed to "Joga" on the basis of a signed sculpture from the same set now in the Nara Museum. (This sculptor has not been further identified.) Since the attributes, originally held in each hand, are now lost, positive identification of this figure is impossible, but he appears to be one of the twelve divine generals. "Yoseki" or multiple block construction with hollow center. Originally the piece was entirely polychromed. Traces of fabric which covered the joins, a small area of gilt and lacquer pattern, and traces of polychrome remain. Condition: repairs on left shoulder and right elbow. Small details of drapery broken off. Modern "cloud-shaped" stand.

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