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Nio: Temple Guardian Number 3

Nio: Temple Guardian Number 3

Piece description from the artist

I visited Japan last October and visited many Buddhist temples. I was struck by the massive wooden sculptures of Nio. Nio are wrath-filled and muscular guardians of the Buddha which stand at the entrance of many Buddhist temples in East Asia. They often take the form of frightening wrestler-like statues. I was captivated by their Hellenistic and dynamic forms. They are formidable temple guardians, indeed!

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22.0" x 32.0"
charcoal, acrylic on paper

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