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Japanese Buddha KONGOYASHA MYO Gilt-Wood Zushi Shrine

Japanese Buddha KONGOYASHA MYO Gilt-Wood Zushi Shrine

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Kongouyasha Myouou/Myo-o with Red Lacquered Zushi Shrine - one of the Five Great Kings GODAI MYO

Positioned in North. Three angry faces; six arms (or one head and four arms); destroyer of foolish human desires; symbolizes strength. Tendai Buddhists replace Kongo Yasha with Ususama Myouou.

Below text courtesy of JAANUS
"Kongouyasha" corresponds to Sanskrit Vajrayaksa, which is also the name of one of the sixteen great bodhisattvas (juuroku daibosatsu) of the Kongoukai Mandara. One of the five great myouou (this page), the fierce gods who preside over the five directions. He represents the wrathful manifestation of Fukuujouju, one of the five Buddhas of the Diamond Realm and presides over the northern quarter. In the Tendai sect his position is taken by Ususama Myouou, but in the Shingon sect Kongouyasha and Ususama are clearly differentiated. Blue-black in colour, he is represented with three faces and six arms and standing on a lotus with one leg raised. His central face has five eyes, while the other two faces both have three eyes; his three left hands hold a vajra-bell, bow and wheel, and his three right hands hold a five-pronged vajra, arrow and sword. His rite was believed to be especially efficacious for subduing demons and enemies and for gaining the love and respect of others, but he did not become the object of an independent cult in Japan. Artistic representations of him, both statuary and pictorial, are usually found in sets of the godai myouou, but a polychrome painting of him from the Heian period is preserved at Daigoji (Kyoto), and there is also a mandala dedicated to him (Kongouyasha mandara).

The Sculpture's (circa 1970s) wood is made of Japanese cypress, hinoki, with measurements:
Height x Width x Depth (Zushi) = 17.5 x 7 x 6 cm.
Height x Width x Depth (Statue only) = 11 x 5 x 4 cm

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