Japanese Edo period carved wood polychrome and gilt Buddhist figure in the form of Bishamonten, one of the Guardian Dieties of the Four Directions (representing North). A protector of the Buddhist faith, Bishamonten is clad in armor and holds a stupa believed to carry the ashes of the Buddha, and by extension, the teachings of the Buddha. He is depicted standing on a gilt base atop a lion-type creature to symbolize the subjugation of evil in the world. His head is surrounded by a metal flaming halo. Measures about 11" high to top of halo. 19th century. Good overall condition. The trident is missing from his hand and the tip of the stupa apears to be lost. There might have been more flames in the halo at one time. From the estate of William A. Scott, Kansas City, Missouri.