Chinese Yuan Dynasty Lokapala Warrior Guardians
AGE: – Possibly Yuan
CONSTRUCTION: – Wood
HEIGHT: – Vary between 50cm and 50cm
WIDTH:– Vary between 35cm and 33cm
WEIGHT: – 11.7kg.
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This is a rare set of Chinese Yuan Dynasty Lokapala Warrior Guardians, also referred to as heavenly guardians, heavenly Kings, or protectors of the four directions bear a striking similarity to the terracotta guardian statues outside the entrance to the “Hall of the Devas” at the famous Shuanglin Temple, in Qiaotou Village, South of the ancient city of Pingyao in Shanxi Province in China.
SIMILAR GUARDIANS AT SHUANGLIN TEMPLE – PINGYAO, CHINA
The terracotta guardian worriers in Shuanglin Temple located about 5kms from Pingyao in China are assumed to date to the Yuan Dynasty, although some online articles refer to them as Tang, apart from their facial expressions their resemblance to many of the Tang and Ming Dynasty Guardians is minimal. Most Tang and Ming warrior guardians are seen wearing full armour, with boots and ornate head adornments.