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  dvarapala on temple gate

 

Thailand

An ancient brick temple gate at Wat Tai in Kanchanaburi showing two bas-relief door guardians called dvarapalas (fig.). Originally, both held a gada, that is a club or mace, and the main weapon of many a kumphan (fig.), i.e. a temple guardian that is also known as yak (fig.).

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