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Wisdom King Fudo. Heian period 794–1185, Kyoto. Joined-wood block construction with pigments. H. 63 4/5". One of the Five Wisdom Kings, Fudo Myo-o is filled with wrath against evil. With sword and noose to contain anything that might harm a believer. Fierce physical attributes; fangs, a half-closed eye that turns inward, and stiff overly long limbs. Most Heian pieces are shallowly carved, emphasizing the figure's volume and heft is appropriate here for a deity whose name means "The…

Wisdom King Fudo. Heian period 794–1185, Kyoto. Joined-wood block construction with pigments. H. 63 4/5". One of the Five Wisdom Kings, Fudo Myo-o is filled with wrath against evil. With sword and noose to contain anything that might harm a believer. Fierce physical attributes; fangs, a half-closed eye that turns inward, and stiff overly long limbs. Most Heian pieces are shallowly carved, emphasizing the figure's volume and heft is appropriate here for a deity whose name means "The…

秘仏御開帳 兵庫県姫路市 円教寺 如意輪観音坐像

秘仏御開帳 兵庫県姫路市 円教寺 如意輪観音坐像

Thousand-armed kannon, (avalokitesvara), Japan, Heian period, early 11th century, wood,  height 176.3 cm, Zensh-ji Temple, Ritt City. Import...

Thousand-armed kannon, (avalokitesvara), Japan, Heian period, early 11th century, wood, height 176.3 cm, Zensh-ji Temple, Ritt City. Import...

Amida, el Buda del Paraíso Occidental, 12th Century Japanese Art Collection Peabody Essex Museum

Amida, el Buda del Paraíso Occidental, 12th Century Japanese Art Collection Peabody Essex Museum

Buddha	  India; 6th century  This Buddha performs the gesture of reassurance (abhaya mudra) with his right hand and holds a piece of unattached cloth, originally meant to represent part of his robe, in his left hand. His webbed fingers, snail shell-shaped curls, and the bump on top of his head are among the thirty-two auspicious marks (lakshanas) described in Buddhist literature that signify his advanced spiritual enlightenment.

Buddha India; 6th century This Buddha performs the gesture of reassurance (abhaya mudra) with his right hand and holds a piece of unattached cloth, originally meant to represent part of his robe, in his left hand. His webbed fingers, snail shell-shaped curls, and the bump on top of his head are among the thirty-two auspicious marks (lakshanas) described in Buddhist literature that signify his advanced spiritual enlightenment.

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