Fudō Myōō, the Immovable Wisdom King (Achala Vidyaraja)

Kaikei Japanese

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Fudō Myōō is worshipped as a wrathful avatar of Dainichi, the buddha at the center of the Buddhist cosmos. A tenacious protector of Buddhist teachings, Fudō is armed with a lasso and sword to subdue negative forces. In keeping with scriptural descriptions, this example, created in the workshop of the leading sculptor Kaikei, portrays a full-bodied, menacing figure biting his lower lip, with his hair bound and falling over his left shoulder.

Fudō Myōō, the Immovable Wisdom King (Achala Vidyaraja), Kaikei (Japanese, active 1183–1223), Japanese cypress with lacquer, color, gold, cut gold leaf (kirikane), and inlaid crystal eyes, Japan

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