En no Gyōja

En no Gyōja

1200s

Wood

Average: 74.9 cm (29 1/2 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1975.65

Fun Fact

En no Gyōja is said to have had supernatural powers.

Description

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.

See also
Collection: 
Japanese Art
Department: 
Japanese Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Wood

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