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Weituo is an important sculpture from Henan Province, China. Large sculptures of Weituo, one of the guardians of the dharma, or Buddhist teachings, are often found in Chinese temples, and sometimes in the refectories of Chinese monasteries, where his presence is said to guarantee calm and peace.
Date Ming dynasty (1368-1644)
Made in Henan Province, China
Made from Polychrome glazed stoneware
Dimensions Height 1.9m
Museum reference A.1937.505
On display Balcony, Level 5, National Museum of Scotland
Did you know? According to the lunar calendar, Weituo’s birthday is on the 3rd day of the 6th lunar month.
Photogrammetry by Thomas Flynn / Sketchfab for National Museums Scotland.