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Object Number:29-96-346
Current Location: Asia Galleries
Currently On Display
Culture:Japanese
Buddhist
Provenience: Japan
Koyasan Temple
Period: Edo Period
18th Century
Date Made: 1780
Early Date: 1780
Late Date: 1780
Section:Asian
Materials:Wood
Lacquer
Technique:Gilding
Iconography:Fudo
Height: 58 cm
Width: 55 cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904

Description

Fudo 不動 is a wrathful deity, one of the five Wisdom Kings (Myōō 明王), of Japanese Esoteric Buddhism. The name Fudō “The Immovable” is a translation of his Sanskrit name, Acala. He often appears as a supporter of the Buddha Vairocana. Acala/Fudō is depicted in Japanese or Tibetan art holding a sword and lasso, with a fierce expression, and flames around his body. This statue was purchased by Maxwell Sommerville in 1900 from Koyasan Temple in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. He wears a metal and bead necklace and sits on a stylized rock formation. The sword and lasso are missing.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Collection of Japanese Buddhist Art (1899) View Objects in Exhibition
Japan Gallery (21 Oct 2012 - 2018) View Objects in Exhibition
Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition (12 Dec 1985 - 21 Oct 2012) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Article] Lang, Stephen A., and White, Joyce C. 2008. "The Asian Section". Arts of Asia. Kowloon. Arts of Asia Publications, Ltd. Vol. 38. no. 5. pg. 96-110 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 99, Fig. 39View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Sommerville, Maxwell. 1904. Monograph of the Buddhist Temple in the Free Museum of Science and Art, University of Pennsylvania.. Philadelphia. pg. 1-47 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 8, 33View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Quick, Jennifer. 2004. Magnificent Objects from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. ed. 1st. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 78, fig. 68View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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