Heavenly King Virudhaka,
1368-1644. China, Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Hanging scroll, color on silk; painting only: 110 x 75.2 cm (43 5/16 x 29 5/8 in.) The Cleveland Museum of Art, Worcester R. Warner Collection 1918.544
Heavenly Kings are guardians who watch over the cardinal directions: north, south, west, and east. Sculptures or paintings of these guardian kings are often placed at the entrance or at the four corners of the altar or inner temple.
This king is the guardian of the south (Zengzhang tianwang, also called Virudhaka). His attribute is a sword carried in his right hand to protect the southern continent and the dharma, or Buddhist teaching. Associated with the color blue, his face is depicted in that color. His fearsome bulging eyes, the dark face, and his demonic attendants keep evil away.
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