A Pair of large guardian sculptures  Kamakura period (1185-1333), 13th/14th century
Lot 2098
A Pair of large guardian sculptures
Kamakura period (1185-1333), 13th/14th century
Sold for US$ 81,250 inc. premium

Fine Japanese and Korean Art

21 Mar 2018, 13:00 EDT

New York

Lot Details
A Pair of large guardian sculptures  Kamakura period (1185-1333), 13th/14th century A Pair of large guardian sculptures  Kamakura period (1185-1333), 13th/14th century
A Pair of large guardian sculptures
Kamakura period (1185-1333), 13th/14th century
Two of the Juni Shinsho (12 Divine Generals) standing on rocks, each of carved and assembled wood, shown dressed in Chinese-style armor, the hems of their garments and scarves flowing as if blown by wind, each bearing a fierce expression, the right-hand deity identifiable by his gesture as Bikara (associated with the rat) and the left-hand deity, with a bronze crown decorated with colored stones, and rings on his cuirass, perhaps identifiable as Anteira (associated with the monkey), each with eyes inlaid in glass, each with traces of pigment
59in (88.9cm) high, the largest

Footnotes

  • In Japanese art, the Juni Shinsho, 12 protective deities that accompany Yakushi, the Medicine Buddha, are distinguished by their menacing facial expressions, aggressive poses, Chinese-style armor, and flame-like hair. They made their first appearance in East Asian sculpture in China's Sui dynasty (581-618); the earliest Japanese examples in the Shin Yakushiji Temple, Nara, date from the eighth century but it was not until the Kamakura period that they were frequently represented in temple statuary. By that time, the deities had come to be closely associated with the Zodiac Animals, another traditional set of twelve, but the identification between named deity and animal has tended to vary over time. Among the best-known Kamakura-period sets is that in the Tokondo Hall of Kofukuji Temple, Nara, a National Treasure completed in the early thirteenth century (http://www.kohfukuji.com/property/cultural/098.html); the present pair was likely carved about a century later.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the correct dimensions for these sculptures is: 33 7/8in (86cm), figure only; 37in (94cm) overall, the larger
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