Posted by: softypapa | October 18, 2007

Antique Japan Religious Scroll Fudo Myo-o Buddhist Icon

Description

Antique Japanese Buddhist scroll featuring two unidentified religious figures along with an image of Fudo Myo-0 (seen at lower right).  This scroll dates from the mid Japanese Showa period (1926-1989) or before and is today in fair condition with many wrinkles as well as discoloration and fading from age and past display.  The scroll is ready to once more resume its duties as a religious object or to take up position as a prized treasure within the collection of someone who appreciates unique and authentic Buddhist artifacts.  This special Buddhist item was acquired in the historic city of Shizuoka, Japan near the foot of Mt. Fuji.

Approximate Size:
Height of entire scroll: 42.1 inches (108 centimeters)
Width (excluding rolling pin): 13.9 inches (35.7 centimeters)
Weight: 5.4 ounces (154 grams)

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More About Fudo Myo-o

What do you do when your religion needs some muscle?  A few tough guys to protect the good and defeat evil?  In the case of Japanese Esoteric Buddhism you adopt a handful of fierce looking Hindu deities into the pantheon and assign them the job.  This seems to be exactly what happened sometime during the 9th century A.D., when a few gods from the Asian subcontinent were recruited to work as a team under the leadership of a very special deity called Fudo “The Immovable” (Sanscrit name Acala-vidyaraja).  This group are collectively known as the Myo-o kings and consists of between five and eight individual deities (depending upon their purpose).  All the Myo-o kings appear as fierce warriors, assuming aggressive postures and carrying various holy weapons (sometimes in numerous pairs of arms) which they can apply in the cause of righteousness.  The only Myo-o king who is never depicted in motion is the group’s leader, Fudo “The Immovable” who’s moral resolve and faith can never be swayed.

item code: R3S1B4-0003453
ship code: B or other appropriate

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