Votive plaque of Zaō Gongen


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 227

This flame-shaped votive plaque is incised with the figure of Zaō Gongen on a rocky outcrop with his right foot upraised. He holds a three-pronged vajra (sankōshō) in his right hand and his left hand forms the ken-in mudra (sword gesture). This bronze plaque is said to have been retrieved from a sutra mound (kyōzuka) of the temple Kimpusenji in Yoshino, which has been a center for Shūgendō ascetic training since medieval times.

Votive plaque of Zaō Gongen, Bronze, Japan

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