En no Gyōja


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Average: 74.9 cm (29 1/2 in.)
Location: not on view
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This sculpture was once flanked by the demons Zenki and Koki (CMA, 2012.40).


This Buddhist monk is known as En no Gyōja, or “En the Ascetic” (legendarily 634–701), who is said to have founded Shugendō, a style of religious practice focused on performing challenging, rigorous tests of courage and devotion in mountainous settings.
En no Gyōja

En no Gyōja


Japan, Kamakura period (1185–1333)

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