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An Impressive Parcel-Gilt Bronze Nio Temple Guardian - Agyo -
Meiji Period - 19th Century


Bronze Nio Temple Guardian

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Bronze Nio Temple Guardian
Bronze Nio Temple Guardian

Bronze Nio Temple Guardian
Bronze Nio Temple Guardian

Bronze Nio Temple Guardian
Bronze Nio Temple Guardian

Bronze Nio Temple Guardian

Bronze Nio Temple Guardian

Bronze Nio Temple Guardian
Bronze Nio Temple Guardian

Bronze Nio Temple Guardian
Bronze Nio Temple Guardian

Bronze Nio Temple Guardian

Bronze Nio Temple Guardian

Bronze Nio Temple Guardian

Bronze Nio Temple Guardian
Bronze Nio Temple Guardian

Bronze Nio Temple Guardian
Bronze Nio Temple Guardian

Bronze Nio Temple Guardian

A striking, well cast partially gilt bronze of a fierce temple guardian.

Standing bear-chested and powerfully muscled with left foot forward and hand raised as his right hand supports a ceremonial club, he strikes a dynamic pose.

His garment and scarves are shown blowing around him, a devise used to suggest he stands in a divine wind.

He stands upon a rocky base as his left foot crushes a head, symbolising evil and ignorance.




This bronze depicts Agyo, one of temple guardian or Nio protectors (benevolent kings) figures often found at entrances to Buddhist temples. The other would be Ungyo. Their role is to ward off evil spirits. Together they represent Alpha & Omega, beginning & end, birth & death.

Each have a specific representation; Agyo, mouth open, symbolizes the end of the universe and Ungyo, mouth closed, represents the beginning of the universe.


Measures; 16 1/4" ( 41 cm ) high X 9" ( 23 cm ) wide



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