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Guardian King of the Four Directions

Heian period (794–1185)
12th century
Wood with traces of color
Overall (figure): H. 33 7/8 in. (86 cm); W. 11 1/2 in. (29.2 cm); D. 87/8 in. (22.5 cm)
Credit Line:
The Harry G. C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard, and Purchase, Fletcher, Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick, and Louis V. Bell Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, and The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, 1975
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 224
This statue, along with 1975.268.164, is from a set of the Guardian Kings of the Four Directions, Hindu demigods who were absorbed into the Buddhist pantheon as protectors of the teaching. The stocky figures retain the massive strength of an early Heian style and were carved from a single block of wood. Only the arms, now missing, were carved separately.
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