A large sancai-glazed pottery figure of a guardian, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Lot 1162. A large sancai-glazed pottery figure of a guardian, Tang dynasty (618-907); 42 in. (106.7 cm.) high. Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000. Price realised USD 22,500© Christie's Images Ltd 2013

The lokapala is shown standing on a rockwork base with right hand raised to hold a weapon and left hand raised with palm held outwards in warning. The unglazed face is modeled with fierce, scowling expression. He is arrayed in cord-tied armor with dragon-head epaulets splashed in green, amber and straw glazes, worn over a long straw-glazed robe.

Provenance: Edwin W. Mills, Salone, Arizona, 1929.
The Springfield Museums, Springfield, Massachusetts, accessioned in 1957.

ExhibitedOn loan: William Hayes Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1929, no. 524.
The Springfield Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts, Chinese Porcelains, 15 March - 15 April 1946.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of ArtNew York21 - 22 March 2013.