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
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
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
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