Bishamonten

Bishamonten

1333-1573
Country
Japan
figure
polychromed wood
Gift in memory of John G. Powers
2000.155A-C
. Bishamonten. 1333-1573. polychromed wood. Gift in memory of John G. Powers. 2000.155A-C.
Department
Asian
Collection
Asian
Bishamonten Japan 1400s-1500s, Muromachi period Polychromed wood Gift in memory of John G. Powers 2000.155a-c 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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