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Japanese Bishamonten Tamonten Gilt-wood in Zushi Shrine

Japanese Bishamonten Tamonten Gilt-wood in Zushi Shrine

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A Polychrome lacquered Wooden Statue in Zushi of Buddhist God - Bishamonten, also known as Tamonten, one of the Shiten-no or the Deva Kings who protect the great Buddha.

Name literally means "Renowned, The Well Known One." Same as Bishamonten of Japan's Seven Lucky Deities. He who is all knowing, He who hears everything in the kingdom; he who is always listening; completely versed in Buddha's teachings. Said to be the most powerful of the four Shitenno, with the other three serving as his vassals. Also the most popular and widely known of the four in Japan. Also said to be the richest of the Shitenno, for he was rewarded with great wealth after practicing austerities for 1,000 years. Attended by the Yaksa (who guard the earth's treasures) and the Kinnara (celestial musicians with horse heads).

Tamonten protects holy places and places where Buddha expounds the teachings; carries pagoda-shaped treasure house in left hand (from which he gives wealth to only "the worthy;" right hand holds a spear; sometimes shown holding an umbrella, which wards off distractions and contamination. Also called the God of War, often referred to as the Black Warrior, protector of the righteous, and Buddhist patron of warriors. Sometimes shown holding a mongoose to represent his victory over the Nagas. Sometimes known as Kubera (or Kuvera), the "God of Wealth and Buried Treasure, The King of the Yaksa (Yaksha)," and in this manifestation is typically depicted in gold. One source says the Chinese sometimes call Tamonten by the Sanskrit name Dhanada (Bestower), and in China this manifestation is known as Duowen. In this latter manifestation, his associated animal is considered the ermine, or "snow weasel." Tamonten is the Buddhist equivalent to the turtle in Chinese mythology. (

Measurements (Whole Zushi): Height x Width x Depth = 9 x 7 x 7 cm

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