Guardian King of the North (Bishamonten)

Guardian King of the North (Bishamonten)



Wood with gold polychromy

Overall: 76.8 x 28.6 cm (30 1/4 x 11 1/4 in.); Base: 5.2 cm (2 1/16 in.)

James Parmelee and Cornelia Blakemore Warner Funds 1959.135



In Buddhism, Bishamonten is one of four kings who protect the cardinal directions. He stands with a stupa symbolizing the Buddhist teachings and relics of the Buddha in the palm of his left hand, and a spear to foil the enemies of Buddhism in his right. He crushes a demon beneath his feet.

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