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Pair of Guardian Kings (Niō)

Pair of Guardian Kings (Niō)

1200s

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Chestnut and cypress wood

Overall: 167.9 cm (66 1/8 in.)

Bequest of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. 1972.158

Description

These wrathful protectors of Buddhism would have once stood within the sides of the main entrance gate to a temple. One has an open mouth that intones the sound ah, and symbolizes the beginning, or life.One has a closed mouth that intones the sound un, and symbolizes the end, or death.

See also
Collection: 
Japanese Art
Department: 
Japanese Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture

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