13 ANDESITE FIGURE OF A DVARAPALA (GUARDIAN)


Catalogue no. 13 ANDESITE FIGURE OF A DVARAPALA (GUARDIAN)

INDONESIA, EASTERN JAVA

MAJAPAHIT PERIOD, CIRCA 15TH CENTURY

H. 48 CMS, 19 INS

An imposing volcanic andesite figure of a dvarapala (guardian) wearing extensive jewellery and holding a club in his left hand and a bag of jewels in his right.

The Majapahit kingdom flourished from the 13th to 16th century with its capital in the vicinity of present-day Trowulan near Mojokerto, East Java. Dvarapala is the ancient Sanskrit word for a male ‘Gatekeeper’. They were used to either guard the outer sanctuary from evil or to protect specific monasteries within the temple complex.

For a related example of similar date in the Art Institute of Chicago, please see the following link: https://tinyurl.com/y768uavb

Provenance: Private collection, UK.

Previously in a Private American collection.