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Object Number: 29-96-346
Current Location: Japan Gallery
Currently On Display
Culture:Japanese
Provenience: Japan
Koyasan Temple
Date Made: 19th Century
Early Date: 1800
Late Date: 1899
Section:Asian
Materials:Wood
Lacquer
Technique:Gilding
Iconography:Fudo
Height: 58cm
Width: 55cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904

Description

Statue of Fudo, one of the Myo-o (Knowledge Kings), sits in the midst of fire symbolizing invulnerability. Also known as the immovable one, he is a part of a fierce class of protective deities who form an important category in Shingon art. Often depicted holding a lasso and vajra hilted sword, the statue was secured by Maxwell Sommerville from Koyasan Temple in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. He wears a metal and bead necklace and sits on a stylized rock formation. His sword is missing. The pedestal for the piece is 29-96-347A-C .


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Collection of Japanese Buddhist Art (1899)View Objects in Exhibition
Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition (12 Dec 1985 - 21 Oct 2012)View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Article] White, Joyce C. & Lang, Stephen A. 2008. "The Asian Section". Arts of Asia. 38 (5): 96-110. : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 99, Fig. 39View Objects cited in this Publication

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