A painted pottery figure of a seated lokapala

   彩绘陶天王坐像

The lokapala sits in an almost casual manner whilst suppressing a demon under his right knee. He extends one arm forwards with the other resting comfortably on his thigh. He wears full armour over a longer tunic that is tied round and knotted at the neck and head-wear with turned up flaps. The face is of typical stern countenance with bulging eyes, broad flared nostrils and open mouth. The demon meanwhile bears an expression of pained defeat. Lokapala came from Buddhist iconography and replaced the fangxiang (evil averting entities) place in the four corners of Han dynasty tombs.  They are warrior figures that guard tombs and stand on various kinds of demon to symbolise the victory of Buddhism over its enemies.

For a comparable figure of a seated lokapala but in bronze, see the example in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.  Accession number 2001.77  
https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/60029669?rpp=20&pg=4&ft=guardian&pos=64

 

Dimensions: Height: 30 cm, 12 inches

Date: Tang dynasty (618-906)

Stock No. 1556

Price: On Request