Zochoten, Guardian of the South (Translation)
增長天立像 鐮倉時代 木造彩繪 (Primary Title)
sculpture (Object Name)

Unknown (Artist)

12th–13th century
Wood with pigment
Overall: 39 × 16 1/4 × 11 1/2 in. (99.06 × 41.28 × 29.21 cm)
This powerful figure depicts one of the four heavenly kings, protectors of the cardinal directions in the Buddha's realm. The armor-clad guardian tramples demons under his feet and perhaps originally held a weapon in his right hand. Constructed with multiple sections of wood, this figure has an austere form and solid volume, a sculptural style typical of the early Kamakura period.
Shingon 真言宗 or Tendai 天台宗
Heian (794–1185) to Kamakura period (1185–1333)
Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund
Image released via Creative Commons CC-BY-NC

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