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A Good Pottery Red Bodied Temple Guardian - 19th Century

Pottery Red Bodied Temple Guardian

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Pottery Red Bodied Temple Guardian
Pottery Red Bodied Temple Guardian

Pottery Red Bodied Temple Guardian
Pottery Red Bodied Temple Guardian

Pottery Red Bodied Temple Guardian
Pottery Red Bodied Temple Guardian

Pottery Red Bodied Temple Guardian
Pottery Red Bodied Temple Guardian

Pottery Red Bodied Temple Guardian
Pottery Red Bodied Temple Guardian

Pottery Red Bodied Temple Guardian
Pottery Red Bodied Temple Guardian

Pottery Red Bodied Temple Guardian
Pottery Red Bodied Temple Guardian

Pottery Red Bodied Temple Guardian
>Pottery Red Bodied Temple Guardian

Pottery Red Bodied Temple Guardian

Pottery Red Bodied Temple Guardian

Pottery Red Bodied Temple Guardian
Pottery Red Bodied Temple Guardian

Pottery Red Bodied Temple Guardian

Pottery Red Bodied Temple Guardian

A well modelled pottery figure of a fierce temple guardian.

Stands bare chested and powerfully muscled with feet spread whilst holding aloft a vajra thunderbolt in his left hand and a club in the other.

His face with a fierce expression, mouth open baring teeth, large ears and bushy eyebrows.

Two impressed signature seal stamps at the bottom of his flowing robe at rear.


This figure probably depicts Agyo, one of temple guardian or Nio protectors (benevolent kings) figures often found at entrances to Buddhist temples. The other would be Ungyo. Their role is to ward off evil spirits. Together they represent Alpha & Omega, beginning & end, birth & death.

Each have a specific representation; Agyo, mouth open, symbolizes the end of the universe and Ungyo, mouth closed, represents the beginning of the universe


Possible repair work to both shoulders
Right hand re-stuck
Chip to bottom lip of mouth
Various small areas of flaking & enamel wear

Measures; 14" ( 35.6 cm ) high

Weighs; 2.1 kg



Item no; J-072910-1-1
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