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Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Japanese
Creator Name-CRT: Japanese
Title: Wisdom King Fudo (Fudo Myo-o)
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1100
Creation End Date: 1199
Creation Date: Heian period (794-1185), 12th century
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: Joined-woodblock construction with pigments
Dimensions: H. 63 3/4 in. (162 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1975.268.163
Credit Line: The Harry G. C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard, and Purchase, Fletcher, Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick, and Louis V. Bell Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, and The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, 1975
One of the Five Wisdom Kings, Fudo Myo-o is filled with wrath against evil. Serving Dainichi Nyorai, he poises his sword and noose to contain anything that might harm a believer. Size and fearsome physical attributes, including fangs and a half-closed eye that turns inward, command respect, as does the exaggerated length of his limbs. The sculpture, like most Heian pieces, is shallowly carved, emphasizing the volume of the figure. The considerable heft of the shoulders and back planted firmly on stiffened legs is appropriate for a deity whose name means 'The Immovable.'
AMICA ID: MMA_.1975.268.163
AMICA Library Year: 2000
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