. Bishamonten. 1333-1573. polychromed wood. Gift in memory of John G. Powers. 2000.155A-C.
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1400s-1500s, Muromachi period
Gift in memory of John G. Powers
One of the Four Guardian Kings of Japanese Buddhism, Bishamonten is the protector of the North, considered the most dangerous direction. With a trident in his right hand and a stupa in his left, he tramples an evil spirit under foot, his fierce countenance adding to his commanding presence. The strong dynamic figure is characteristic of the Muromachi period (1333-1573), a time in Japan dominated by the military class.
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