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
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