Dvarapala, Temple Guardian in Semi-Kneeling Position 16"
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Dvarapala, Temple Guardian in Semi-Kneeling Position 16" Item #4c107

Materials: Monkey Pod Wood, Samanea Saman

Origin: Hand Carved in Cambodia

Height: 16 inches, 40.64 cm

Width: 10 inches, 25.4 cm

Depth: 8 inches, 20.32 cm

Weight: 9 pounds

Price: $265

Sale Price: $238



Description

Dvarapalas (temple lions) traditionally stand guard outside the gates of shrines, Buddhist temples and porticos of homes. In Japan, they are referred to as Shishi (or Jishi) and can also refer to a deer or dog with magical properties and the power to repel evil spirits. In China they are referred to as Foo Dogs and are traditionally depicted in pairs. In Thailand they are referred to as Singha, the true king of the forest. His roar echoes to great distances, terrifying all forest animals, great and small, and stand at the entrance of Thai temples, guarding the sacred Buddhist teachings. In Indonesia and Cambodia they are referred to as 'Dvarapalas' and are generally armed with lances and clubs and can often times have a bulky physique. The main function of Dvarapalas is to protect the temples. Dvarapalas in Cambodia may be seen, for example, at various temples in and around Angkor Wat.

This wood sculpture is a one of a kind statue, hand carved by the very talented artists of Cambodia. Every piece is truly unique!

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