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Maedate helmet ornament, bonji Fudo Myoo, Japan 19th c

Maedate helmet ornament, bonji Fudo Myoo, Japan 19th c


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Kabuto maedate of rectangular shape. On the silver underground in golden, bold bonji characters the name of the deity Fudo Myoo (most likely). Wood with silver and gold lacquer. Japan, 19th century.
H 8 ¼ in. x W 1 ¾ in.
Front surface relacquered.

Fudo Myoo is one of the five Myoo, guardians of Buddhism. He scares humans into accepting the teachings of the Buddha Dainichi; he holds a sword in the right hand that symbolizes wisdom cutting through ignorance) and a in his left with which he catches and binds the demons. His image is often seen on a part of armour.