Dharmapala set / Kongorikishi boxwood 21cm
Japanese Dharma protectors, Temple guartdians. Style Kamakura period.
A vivid sense of dynamic, realistic movement, came to prominence in Japanese Buddhist sculpture in the 13th and 14th centuries.
This quest for realism was the product of apocalyptic times in Japan, which included an attempted Mongol invasion, natural calamities and plagues.
“In this tumultuous period, Japanese Buddhists turned to their faith for protection, compassion and order,” Ulak explains. In paintings and sculptures, Buddhist works reassured believers with increasingly realistic visions of compassionate protectors and fierce guardians. In sculpture, this realism was achieved through new techniques of production. (Smithsonian)
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