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En no Gyōja with Zenki and Kōki


Part 1: 24 x 18 x 11.3 cm (9 7/16 x 7 1/16 x 4 7/16 in.); Part 2: 8.5 x 6 x 4 cm (3 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 1 9/16 in.); Part 3: 8.5 x 5.5 x 4.5 cm (3 3/8 x 2 3/16 x 1 3/4 in.)
Weight: 555 g
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These figures' miniaturized format allowed them to be portable devotional statuettes that worshipers could carry as they traveled.


This trio of figures, identified as Enno Gyoja and his two attendants, Zenki and Kōki, follows the iconography of Shugendo, the traditional mountain ascetic practice in Japan. Enno Gyoja is depicted as a hermit-monk, seated on a rock attached to a modern base. He holds a staff in his right hand and a sutra in the left. The two attendants take the form of half-human, half-demonic figures and are regarded as a married couple. Kōki carries a sake bottle.
En no Gyōja with Zenki and Kōki

En no Gyōja with Zenki and Kōki


Japan, Edo period (1615-1868)

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