12 - 13 July 2005
A wood sculpture
Kamakura Period (14th Century)
The figure of Tamonten dressed in Chinese style, with a sash band around his waist and his hair drawn up in an elaborate top knot, holding a miniature pagoda and a trident, the surface with some original pigment, some old damage and restoration
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Tamonten, also known as Bishamonten, is the guardian of the north quarter of the Buddhist heaven. His Sanskrit name is Vaisravana and he is generally represented bearing a spear and holding a pagoda.
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