Dwarapalaka (guardian of the door)

Wooden, polychrome from Tamil Nadu. Early 19th century. Dwarapalakas traditionally appear in pairs in Hindu architecture outside the temple door or/and sanctum as gatekeepers or guardians of the deity. These guardians are fearsome warriors or giants and are often seen holding a mace, as this one is. This dwarapalaka’s tongue is sticking slightly out which is a warning mudra, ‘be careful I am here.’

Height 42”
Width 18”

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