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    Sale 1978

    Japanese And Korean Art

    18 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 193

    A Wood Figure of Fudo Myo-o (Acala)

    LATE KAMAKURA-EARLY MUROMACHI PERIOD (14TH-15TH CENTURY)

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    A Wood Figure of Fudo Myo-o (Acala)
    Late Kamakura-early Muromachi period (14th-15th century)
    Standing contraposto with the weight on the right hip, the left hand holding a lasso and the right raised to hold a sword, now lost, the robes bunched at the waist and swirling to the left, with bracelets, anklets and necklace
    38½in. (97.8cm.) high


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    In Esoteric (Shingon) Buddhism, Fudo is the most powerful of the five Myo-o (Bright Kings), fierce forms of the Five Wisdom Buddhas, representing their power against evil. The five were worshipped as a group in Japan from at least the 9th century. Single images of Fudo were also worshipped as the main icon of a Goma-do hall within the precincts of a Shingon temple. Fudo appears here in his characteristic form, with a lotus on top of his head, and his hair hanging over his left shoulder. He has the soft figure of a young boy and holds a lasso and would have held a sword of wisdom in the right hand.