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Fudō Myōō (Acalanātha)

Nanbokuchō period (1336–92)
Painted and lacquered wood, with gold foil
H. 13 3/4 in. (34.9 cm); W. 6 in. (15.2 cm); D. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 1992
Accession Number:
Not on view
Expressive carving and exquisite decoration in cut gold (kirikane) make this small image an eloquent witness to the fervent belief in the benign power of this deity. One of the Five Great Light Kings, Fudō (Sanskrit: Acalanatha), the Immovable One, came to be widely venerated as a staunch protector, particularly among samurai warriors.
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