This figure was inspired by lokapalas, the heavenly guardians that were portrayed in Buddhist temples of the time. These tomb guardian figures originated in the Civaitic worship of India and spread to Tibet, Turkestan, China and Japan. Variations of these figures and beasts can be classed under Dharmapāla (protectors of the dead) or as Yama (the God of the Dead). This buff earthenware figure of a human warrior in full armour represents the type of the tomb guardian figures, who stood guard outside the emperor’s tomb in ancient China. The dragon repoussé metal shoulder plates and helmet, skirt of leather with padding and a knitted sweater under the armour are typical of such figures. In his right hand he most likely held a sword (now lost), while his left hand is held in a gesture of restraint. Remains of a light pink paint can still be seen on the figure.