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Chestnut and cypress
Overall: 167.9 cm (66 1/8 in.)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1972.158.1
Paired with a closed-mouth Nio, this figure originally protected the entrance of a Buddhist temple in Japan. Sculpted in an expressive, dynamic style, this figure was created using several pieces of wood carefully joined together. This imposing figure was originally painted, though is substantially faded due to weathering. The carved wooden bases for the two guardian figures on display are modern replacements.
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