Location: On Display in the Asia Galleries
From: Japan | Koyasan Temple
Curatorial Section: Asian
|Current Location||Asia Galleries - On Display|
|Culture||Japanese | Buddhist|
|Provenience||Japan | Koyasan Temple|
|Period||Edo Period | 18th Century|
|Date Made||1780 CE|
|Materials||Wood | Lacquer|
|Inscription Language||Japanese Language|
Fudo 不動 is a wrathful deity, one of the five Wisdom Kings (Myōō 明王), of Japanese Esoteric Buddhism. The name Fudō “The Immovable” is a translation of his Sanskrit name, Acala. He often appears as a supporter of the Buddha Vairocana. Acala/Fudō is depicted in Japanese or Tibetan art holding a sword and lasso, with a fierce expression, and flames around his body. This statue was purchased by Maxwell Sommerville in 1900 from Koyasan Temple in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. He wears a metal and bead necklace and sits on a stylized rock formation. The sword and lasso are missing.
|Credit Line||Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904|
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