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Kozuka with Fudô Myô-ô
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Kozuka with Fudô Myô-ô

Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description Fudô Myô-ô, the Immovable One, is depicted standing on a rocky cliff near a waterfall. Behind him is a mandorla of flames. Fudô Myôô is one of the five Kings of Light who protect the Buddhist faithful. His fierce expression is intended to scare away evil spirits. He is almost always shown with a sword in his right hand and a rope in his left hand. He is often associated with waterfalls because he saved the monk Mongaku who froze while praying in a waterfall.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 一乘斎 弘壽; [Translation] Ichijosai Hirotoshi
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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1800-1825 (late Edo)
iron, gold
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
L: 3 3/4 in. (9.6 cm)
  • Japan, Mito (Place of Origin)
  • Japan, Tokyo (Edo) (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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