Two Generals from the Twelve Divine Generals (Jūnishinshō)
Not on view
The Twelve Divine Generals serve Yakushi Nyorai, the Medicine Master Buddha, who heals all ailments, including the disease of ignorance. They are also responsible for vanquishing enemies of Buddhism, and are usually depicted in fighting poses, armored, and with ferocious countenances. These examples, however, were roughhewn, probably by an amateur monk-sculptor in the style of the monk-sculptor Enkū (1632–1695), and lack identifying features. Nevertheless, they are striking in their powerful simplicity.
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