figure (ritual & belief: representations)

Figure of a Heavenly King, Tian Wang, or Lokapala in Sanskrit, seated on a plinth. He is dressed as a warrior in full amour with right arm raised carrying a weapon now broken off, his left arm is placed in front of the body with palm open. The eyes are bulging and the hair is secured on top with a headdress. Carved wood, with gold paint and red and black lacquer.

An inscription typed on paper affixed to the back of the figure reads: "This idol, name not known, was taken from a Buddhist temple which was turned into a school at the founding of the Republic, 1912. This temple was near Hangzhou, Zhejiang. Most of the idols, being of clay, were destroyed, but this wooden idol escaped - only the articles representing the soul, being valuable, have been taken away from the door in the back. A.C.M.S. Catechist recovered the idol and gave it to Bishop Sing, who gave it to Bishop Molong in December 1925."

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