Aizen Myo’o (Ragaraja)

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Historical period(s)
Kamakura period, 1293
Medium
Wood with color and applied gold leaf
Dimensions
H x W x D (overall): 43.1 x 32.2 x 29.9 cm (16 15/16 x 12 11/16 x 11 3/4 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1974.21.1a-b
On View Location
Freer Gallery 08: In the Shadow of an Apocalypse
Classification(s)
Sculpture
Type

Buddhist sculpture

Keywords
bell, bow, Buddhism, Japan, Kamakura period (1185 - 1333), lotus, mask, vajra, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Kaneda Kaichiro

Label

Worship of the fierce Buddhist deity Aizen Myo'o reached a peak when the deity was invoked to protect Japan against two attempted invasions by the Mongols in 1274 and 1281. This sculpture, an example with a rare dated inscription on the interior of the pedestal, was made at the height of devotion to this deity.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum