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Gozanze Myo-o

A work made of wood with polychromy.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of wood with polychromy.




Nakabayashi Gennai
Japanese, active 1650/1700

About this artwork

This sculpture depicts Gozanze Myo-o, a four-faced, multi-limb deity, trampling Daijizaiten and his consort, Uma, the gods of unruly human passion. The figure belonged to an ensemble of five sculptures arranged within the sanctuary of an Esoteric Buddhist temple. The group was known collectively as the Godai Myo-o (Five Great Lords of Light), and together the sculptures symbolize the rage against all threats to Buddhism and all obstacles to enlightenment. Such icons were introduced to Japan from China by the monk Kukai in the ninth century, and they were used in ceremonies to bless and protect the nation.


On View, Gallery 104


Arts of Asia


Nakabayashi Gennai


Gozanze Myo-o


Japan (Artist's nationality:)

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Wood with polychromy


107.5 × 64 × 47 cm (42 3/8 × 26 3/8 × 18 1/2 in.)

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Gift of Iwao Setsu

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