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Wei Tuo Figure
MT-DW-4
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Figure of Wei- tuo – Hindu God called by Tibetan and other Buddhists to defend their monasteries. Sometimes he can be seen on the crossroads as a soldier in an armor holding a sword in his hands. Buddhists believe that Wei-tuo is a guard of Guanyin. The figure of Wei-tuo from the District Museum wears the armor from the Ming Dynasty. He stands on a small base in a shape of a kidney. With his right hand, Wei-tuo holds a halberd, whereas his left hands touches his long beard. Around him there are ribbons soaring. The object is precious because of the high level of artistic technique, curious iconography and good condition.

History of the Object
Wei-tuo Pú-sà – a guardian of Dharma – has also other names like: Skanda Bodhisattva, Veda, or Idaten in Japan. In most temples, the image of Wei-tuo traditionally faces the statue of the Buddha in the main shrine. In others, he is on the far right of the main shrine, whereas on the left is his counterpart, Guanin. This small figurine of Wei-tuo was probably created for home-usage to ward off evil spirits.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Bronze, polychrome 
Measurements
25,5 cm x 12,8 x 8,5 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 14th century ~ AD 17th century 
Creation date
14th Century - 17th Century; Ming Dynasty; 1368 – 1644 
Function
Religious 
Acquisition
This object derives from a large collection of the famous Polish collector, Tadeusz Wierzejski (1892 – 1974) who handed down this ceramic to the museum in 1966. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
District Museum, Torun 
Museum
District Museum, Torun 
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