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Wooden Heavenly Guardian Divine General Junishinsho Muromachi 15/16 c.

Wooden Heavenly Guardian Divine General Junishinsho Muromachi 15/16 c.


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Sculpture: Pre 1700: Item # 1459414

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Standing guardian figure, originally part of a full set of Junishinsho (12 Heavenly Guardians, a.k.a., Divine Generals) traditionally deployed in Japanese Buddhist temples as fierce protectors of Yakushi Nyorai (Healing Buddha). Muromachi Period ca. 1500. Ichiboku-zukuri single-block wooden construction, the rustic plinth not original to the figure. Old repairs, insect damage, traces of polychrome.

Height, including plinth: 48.3 cm
Height of figure only: 39.9 cm

A jauntily sinister example of provincial work. Uncommon.