18th century painting of Fudo Myoo. Fudo Myoo is one of the five dieties of wisdom in Buddhism. He is called the immovable. He sits on a rocky pedestal indicating his immovable stature. The concept is that he represents the absoluteness of the ideas of Buddhism, called the Dharma. He holds a sword in his right hand to cut through samsara (the cycle of life). He holds in his left hand a noose by which to catch those ignorant souls and bring them to the Dharma. The mondorla behind him is one of flames and represents the spiritual fire that burns the dross of greed and selfishness. He has one tooth that is like a fang that shoots upward, another that shoots down on the other side of his face. He has a fierce expression. He is one of the deities that are called the Lords of Wrath. These beings are the protectors of the Dharma, and of course these are simply theological metaphysics in material form. Gold leaf, ink & colors on paper.
Age: Edo 18th Century
Size: 18.25 x 28.5 inches
Media: Painting on paper
This work of art is currently framed