Buddhist guardian deity, Nishimura Unshō

Buddhist guardian deity, Nishimura Unshō

Buddhist guardian deity (possibly Bishamonten)
Incense burner signed: 'Cast by Nishimura Unsho'
Japan
About 1880-1900
Cast, chased and patinated bronze
The Edwin and Susan Davies Collection

The figure represents one of the Buddhist guardian deities of the four cardinal directions of the universe. His flowing robes are decorated with dragons and his armour is modelled in the style of Buddhist sculptures of the Chinese T'ang period (618-906 AD).