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Wooden Indara Taisho Juni-Shinsho Heavenly General Kamakura~Muromachi

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Sculpture: Pre 1492: Item # 1380544

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Standing fragment of Indara Taisho, one of the 12 Heavenly Generals (Juni-Shinsho) that defend and protect the Healing Buddha (Yakushi Nyorai), sculpted from wood using yosegi-zukuri (joined woodblock) construction and finished in polychrome. Late-Kamakura~early-Muromachi Period ca. 1300~1400. Significant old loss, with remnants of a gesso-like ground and traces of polychrome.

Total height, including custom-made wooden stand: 44.5 cm
Height of figure only: 41 cm
Width of stand: 22 cm
Depth of stand: 14 cm

Each of the 12 Heavenly Generals is associated with one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. The snake coiled atop this figure's head suggests that it is most probably a depiction of Indara Taisho.