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Locket with Two Buddhist Deities
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Locket with Two Buddhist Deities

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Description This locket features two Buddhist deities with different functions. On the left is the "1,000-armed Kannon" (Avalokiteshvara), symbolizing compassion for all living creatures. On the right is a "King of Desire" named Aizen Myoo, with a ferocious facial expression. The lion head over his forehead stands for his capacity to transform lust into pure love. This locket, made to be carried by a Buddhist priest, is likely to have survived because it was part of a sacred deposit inside a large wooden image in a temple.
  • Centennial Exhibition Philadelphia. Memorial Hall, Philadelphia, Philadelphia. 1876.
Provenance Wakai Kanesaburo, Centennial Exhibition, Philadelphia, 1876 (?); William T. / Henry Walters Collection, Baltimore; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters

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13th century (Kamakura)
wood (sandalwood), lacquer, and gilt bronze
Accession Number
2 5/16 in. (5.8 cm)
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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