University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:29-156-3
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Japan
Period: Edo Period (uncertain)
Meiji Period (uncertain)
Date Made: 18th Century - 19th Century
Early Date: 1916
Late Date: 18th Century - 19th Century
Gold Leaf
Iconography:God of Fury
Height: 27.9 cm
Width: 18.4 cm
Credit Line:Gift of Miss Lydia T. Morris, 1916
Other Number:LE492 - Other Number


Black lacquer portable shrine with chased brass trimmings and gold leaf ornate gold interior. This shrine contains a wooden figure of Daiitoku Myo-o (Sanskrit: Yamantaka), one of the five Myo-o, Wisdom Kings. He is the destroyer of death and has power to fight pain and poison. This ferocious form is six-headed, six-armed, six-legged and stands on a water buffalo. He is holding a drawn bow, a weapon used against evil. In addition, he holds a baton, vajra, trident and wheel, symbols of Buddhist power and authority.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Loan Exhibition - Objects Used in Religious Ceremonies, and Charms and Implements For Divination (16 Apr 1892) 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


[Catalogue] Possehl, Gregory L., and Ch'eng-mei, Chang, and Peters, Heather, and Lyons, Elizabeth. 1985. Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition.. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 9,16View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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