Buddhist Art and Porcelains from Private Collections
Chinese Bronze Statue of a Guardian, Ming Dynasty
A Chinese painted and gilt bronze statue of Virupaksha, the Heavenly King of the West, dating from the Ming dynasty with a wooden stand. The Buddhist guardian stands with his right hand down in shuni position, possibly originally to hold asash or snake. His left hand holds up an object, perhaps a stupa. He wears armor adorned with beast heads, an omega-shaped green shawl, and a tall crown with the image of Amitabha Buddha. Dimensions are: 17 inches tall X 11 3/4 incheswide, 43.2 cm X 29.8 cm. Weight: 8800 grams. All measurements are approximate.