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Figure of devotee
Wood; polychrome
Centimetres: 118.11 (height), 91.4 (width)
1271 - 1368 AD
Late Empire I; Yuan Dynasty
Area of Origin: China; Asia
Area of Use: Jiang Xian, reportedly; Shanxi, reportedly; China; Asia
Bishop White Gallery of Chinese Temple Art
The George Crofts Collection

Description: The plectrum in his right hand identifies this sculpture as Chiguo Tianwang (Sanskrit: Dhrtarashtra), one of the Guardian Kings of the Four Directions. In his left hand, he would have held a lute, although it could only have been a symbolic, miniature one. The awkward proportion and lesser quality of the gilding of the left leg indicates that it is a later replacement. Originally, the left leg would have dangled down.


Murowchick, Robert E., ed., (1994) China: Ancient Culture, Modern Land. Cradles of Civilization, Weldon Russell, North Sydney, Australia, p. 132.

Royal Ontario Museum, Far Eastern Department (1992) Homage to Heaven, Homage to Earth: Chinese Treasures of the Royal Ontario Museum, University of Toronto Press, Toronto, pl. 107.

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