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Object Number:29-96-346
Current Location: China & Japan Gallery
Currently On Display
Culture:Japanese
Buddhist
Provenience: Japan
Koyasan Temple
Date Made: 19th Century
Early Date: 1800
Late Date: 1899
Section:Asian
Materials:Wood
Lacquer
Technique:Gilding
Iconography:Fudo
Height: 58 cm
Width: 55 cm
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
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

Bibliography:

[Article] Lang, Stephen A., and White, Joyce C. 2008. "The Asian Section". Arts of Asia. Kowloon. Arts of Asia Publications, Ltd. Vol. 38. no. 5. pg. 96-110 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 99, Fig. 39View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Sommerville, Maxwell. 1904. Monograph of the Buddhist Temple in the Free Museum of Science and Art, University of Pennsylvania.. Philadelphia. pg. 1-47 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 8, 33View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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