Figure of a deity (lokapala)

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DATE:
17th–18th century
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General Description

Lokapalas were guardian kings of the four directions. They are usually shown as armed figures. This work embodies Tibetan ideas of wrathful-looking deities who are protective forces. The flaring robe, carefully detailed armor, and snarling, ferocious face are meant to avert evil.

Excerpt from

  • Anne Bromberg, Label text, 2011.