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Danjūrō VII's Benkei as Fudō Myōō

Artist:
Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese, 1786–1865)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
ca. 1824
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
8 7/16 x 7 3/8 in. (21.4 x 18.7 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1921
Accession Number:
JP1251
Not on view
Benkei is an armed and courageous warrior. Seated on a pile of humans, this character presents overlapping images of the superpowerful heroes Benkei and Fudō Myōō (Immovable Guardian King of the Buddhist Law), holding a sword and a rosary.

Fudō Myōō, particularly at the Shinshōji temple in Narita, is a protector of the Ichikawa family. This surimono, a privately commissioned print, might have been a New Year's gift to celebrate the birth of the future Danjūrō VIII.
Signature: Kunisada ga
Appleton Collection , New York (until 1921; sold to Lucy Fletcher Brown). ; [ Lucy F. Brown , New York, 1921; sold to MMA].
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces from the Permanent Collection," July 2, 2005–November 29, 2005.

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