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Japan Anonymous, Japanese
Japanese Bronze Temple Guardian Bishamon-ten, 19th c.
Enamel on Bronze
15 in. x 9 in. x 4 3/4 in. (38.1 cm x 22.86 cm x 12.07 cm)


Object Type: Cloisonné
Technique: Cloisonné
Period: Edo (Japan, 1615-1868)
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Dorothy Adler Routh
Accession Number: 91.8.11


Dimensions
The base the figure is attached to measures 2 3/4" x 10 3/8" x 2 3/4"

Marks
A seal mark cast into the base identifies this piece as "Toriyama Saku" (Made by Saku).

Medium
Multicolored enamels on a bronze base, fitted by two wooden legs into a stone base.

Object Description
Japanese bronze figure of "Bishamon-ten", the "Keeper of the North", with champlevé enamel decorations and a stone base. The figure held a now missing pagoda in each hand, with both arms bent at the elbow and the right forearm raised. The garments are executed in multicolored enamels against white and turquoise fields. The stylized "t'ao-t'ieh" mask decorations are noteworthy. This figure is quite similar to guardian sculptures in polychromed clay that stand in the Todaiji Temple in Nara, Japan.

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