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En no Gyōja with Zenki and Kōki

役行者及び前期と後期像

1615–1868
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.

Description

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

1615–1868

Japan, Edo period (1615-1868)

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