Buddhist guardian deity (possibly Bishamonten)
Incense burner signed: 'Cast by Nishimura Unsho'
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).