A monumental and extremely rare polychrome wood figure of a Guardian, Weituo Wanli
Lot 364
A monumental and extremely rare polychrome wood figure of a Guardian, Weituo Wanli
HK$ 1.5 million - 2 million
US$ 190,000 - 260,000

Lot Details
A monumental and extremely rare polychrome wood figure of a Guardian, Weituo Wanli A monumental and extremely rare polychrome wood figure of a Guardian, Weituo Wanli
The Property of a private English collector, resident in Hong Kong
A monumental and extremely rare polychrome wood figure of a Guardian, Weituo
Wanli
The massive military Bodhisattva boldly carved with full naturalistic detail, depicted standing with poised, alert expression, the face with a stern, steadfast expression and fixed eyes, with hands held together in a votive pose, adorned in elaborate military armour, with loose robes at the sleeves, the chest with ferocious taotie mask issuing curling ribbons, original pigments.
170cm high.

Footnotes

  • 明萬曆 彩繪木雕韋馱天護法神大立像

    Wei Tuo (Sankrit name Skanda) is a devoted dharmapala, guardian of Buddhist monasteries who guards the Buddhist teachings. Large figures of this type, dressed as a Chinese warrior in the elaborate armour worn by military heroes, are usually placed in the first hall of a Buddhist monastery.

    韋馱天為佛教的知名護法神,為執金剛神之一,統領東、西、南三洲巡遊護法事宜,保護出家人並護持佛法。護法神為護衞佛教、道教等宗教之神明。佛、道均認為,護法神不但守護宗教與神佛,也守護寺廟、僧道,更加會守護信徒,保障信徒的吉祥和平安。
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