Rare 12th To 13th Century Signed Cetaka Figurine
A rare and ancient Cetaka figurine from late Heian to Mid Kamakura period signed by an unknown artist. Hand carved from a single piece of cypress. Guardian Cetaka also referred to as Seitaka Doji stands in a frontal pose, wearing scarf and dhoti with one arm lowered to hold a staff. He assumes the form of a youth. His skin is the colour of a red lotus and his hair is tied in five knots. He holds a vajra in his left hand and his right arm which is missing would hold a vajra-club kougousho.
Cetaka personifies expedient action and is often found accompanying Kongara in the Fudou triad.
Cetaka is also an attendant of other deities where he is described as having a joyful appearance and smiling visage, in contrast to the wrathful nature attributed to him as an attendant of Fudou
Approximate dimensions are – Height 22.5cm and Width 8cm and Depth 6cm. Weight 210 Grams.
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