Figure of Fudô Myô-ô (Acala Vidyaraja) - ROM2005_3189_1


Figure of Fudô Myô-ô (Acala Vidyaraja)

Medium:Wood, carved, lacquered and gilded
Geography: Japan
Date: 14th century AD
Period: Kamakura period
57.5 x 14 x 19.7 cm
Object number: 909.22.112
Credit Line: Gift of Sir William C. Van Horne
Not on view
DescriptionBuddhism has had a great and enduring impact on Japanese life and culture since it was adopted from China via Korea in the sixth century. Its emphasis on contemplation, compassion and release from suffering found expression in many areas of Japanese daily life, religious practice, and the visual arts. Much of the finest Buddhist art of Japan was produced during the Heian and Kamakura periods (794 - 1192 and 1192 - 1333) when the various divine representations - such as the eleven-headed Kannon (the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara) and the fierce protector, Fudo Myoo (Acala-vidyaraja) - associated with Esoteric Buddhism prevailed.
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