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Fudō Myōō (Acalanātha)

Period:
Nanbokuchō period (1336–92)
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Painted and lacquered wood, with gold foil
Dimensions:
H. 13 3/4 in. (34.9 cm); W. 6 in. (15.2 cm); D. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 1992
Accession Number:
1992.252.3a–c
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.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Japan," 1998.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Birds, Flowers, and Buddhist Paradise Imagery in Japanese Art," February 14, 2004–June 13, 2004.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Graceful Gestures: Two Decades of Collecting Japanese Art," 2007.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Drama of Eyes and Hands: Sharaku's Portraits of Kabuki Actors," September 20, 2007–March 24, 2008.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Japanese Mandalas: Emanations and Avatars," June 18, 2009–November 30, 2009.

San Antonio Museum of Art. "Heaven and Hell: Salvation and Retribution in Pure Land Buddhism," June 16, 2017–September 10, 2017.

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