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Object Number:29-96-346
Current Location: China & Japan Gallery
Currently On Display
Provenience: Japan
Koyasan Temple
Date Made: 19th Century
Early Date: 1800
Late Date: 19th Century
Height: 58 cm
Width: 55 cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904


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
Japan Gallery (21 Oct 2012 - 2018) View Objects in Exhibition
Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition (12 Dec 1985 - 21 Oct 2012) View Objects in Exhibition


[Article] White, Joyce C. & Lang, Stephen A. 2008. "The Asian Section". Arts of Asia. 38 (5): 96-110.View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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