This statue is placed in the departure area of Suvarnabhumi International Airport between the check-in area and security and passport control.  It is a statue of a Viruncamban or Yaksha, figures that appear in Buddhism and other eastern religions.

I’d estimate that this statue is about four meters tall.  It was erected years ago but has been recently outfitted for Covid times.


Wikipedia describes the use of these figures in Thailand as follows:

Yakshas (Thai: ยักษ์RTGS: Yak) are an important element in Thai temple art and architecture.] They are common as guardians of the gates in Buddhist temples throughout the country since at least the 14th century. Ceramic sculptures of guardian yakshas were produced in Thailand, during the Sukhothai and Ayutthaya periods, between the 14th and 16th centuries, at several kiln complexes in northern Thailand. They are mostly depicted with a characteristic face, having big round bulging eyes and protruding fangs, as well as a green complexion. Yakshas and their female counterparts are common in the Buddhist literature of Thailand, such as in The Twelve Sisters and Phra Aphai Mani. As ogres, giants, and ogresses, yakshas are present as well in Thai folklore. (Citations omitted.)

This is one of several Viruncamban or Yaksha figures at Suvarnabhumi and is similar to figures at  Wat Phra Kaew, Royal Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand. 

Sculpture Saturday is a challenge hosted by No Fixed Plans.

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