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Lordly in demeanor with a bright, piercing gaze, Bishamonten is the guardian of the north. His name means “Listens to the teachings of the Buddha,” and he protects every place the Buddha preaches. He holds a spear in his right hand and in his left a “treasure pagoda,” from which he distributes rewards to the deserving. As one of the Four Guardian Kings, he is the scourge of evildoers. In Japan he is also worshipped as a dispenser of wealth and one of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune.
Private U.S. collection; (Kaikodo, New York, New York); purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2012.