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Lokopala (tomb guardian): C.593-1991

Object information

Titles

Lokopala (tomb guardian)

Maker(s)

Unknown

Description

Lokopala (tomb guardian) on rocky base. Buff earthenware, moulded, white slipped, partially lead-glazed in brown, yellow and green, with cold painted details in black and red. The figure is standing with its left hand raised and right fist clenched. The dress to the upper arm resembles a dragon's head. Cold painted details in black have been applied to the facial features including eyes, nose and beard. The hands, head and part of the armour remain unglazed, with cold painted decoration, and the central armour panel has over-glaze decoration.

Notes

History note: Purchased from Abbey, 5th October 1923, by Henry Scipio Reitlinger (d. 1950) for £17.12s.0d; the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by H.S. Reitlinger, 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991.

Measurements and weight

Height: 106.8 cm
Width: 45.0 cm

Relative size of this object

45 cm1.1 m What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio

Dating

Tang Dynasty (618-907)
8th Century
Circa 700 - 800

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of cold paint ( black and red) Glaze composed of lead-glaze

Materials used in production

Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Earthenware, moulded, covered with white slip, partially lead-glazed in brown, yellow and green, with cold paint details in black and red

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.593-1991
Primary reference Number: 20972
Old object number: CHICER/297
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 12 January 2012 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

Citation for print

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The Fitzwilliam Museum (2022) "Lokopala (tomb guardian)" Web page available at: https://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/20972 Accessed: 2022-06-29 00:50:36

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