Blue and White Ceramic Statue
Deva King Virupaksa
Mo Li Hai, Guardian of West
to late 19th - early 20th Century
20 in. (51cm) X W. 8 in.(20cm) X D. 5.5 in.(14cm)
above a rock pool on Mount Meru, this vigorous sculpted Deva King is identified
as Virupaksa, Guardian of the West. The figure is modeled with a pipa guitar held
closed to his chest with both hands, wearing a winged helmet, a hand-carved low
relief ornate cuirass, with a lion-headed waist-belt, protective leg armors and
high boots, upper torso slightly turning to his right, in dignified expression.
The elaborate figure is in vary hued cobalt blue, with a cream white glaze over
an opaque porcelain ground. It has an unauthenticated mark in brush script on
the lower back, which translated as Great Ming Xuande Year Made, 1426-1435 A.D.
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