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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Sculpture: Pre 1950: Item # 1173540

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Iron Statue of Bishiamonten by Sekino Seiun
Bishamonten is often known being part of both the seven deities of good fortune (Shichi fuku jin) and the four heavenly kings (Shitenno). For nearly 5 centuries, the Japanese have cherished Bishamonten, especially by the ruling samurai class, for strength and protection. Uesugi Kenshin was known to have been a reincarnation of Bishamonten and used the character as his flag.

The piece shown is a massive sculpture done in iron (and with some slight mixture of bronze possibly) of a known image of Bishamonten at Jingoji temple. Sekino Seiun (1889-1947), one of the most famous wood sculpture artist in the 20th century, produced an appropriated (utsushi) of the statue in wood. Later, a metal copy was produced which is this statue. Seiun's works were mainly done in wood. However, only a few works done in metal exist and the Bishamonten is one of the few.

Age: 20th century (c. 1930-1940)

Size: Length: 11.5". Width: 10.5" Height: 25"



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