Vaisravana (Japanese: Tamonten, or Bishamonten)
Vaisravana (Japanese: Tamonten, or Bishamonten)
Vaisravana (Japanese: Tamonten, or Bishamonten)
Vaisravana (Japanese: Tamonten, or Bishamonten)
Vaisravana (Japanese: Tamonten, or Bishamonten)

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Vaisravana (Japanese: Tamonten, Or Bishamonten)

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毘沙門天

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.

Object Information

artist
Unknown
nationality
Japanese
period
Kamakura
creation date
about 1330
materials
ink and color on silk
dimensions
48 3/4 x 16 1/4 in. (image)
75 1/4 x 17 3/8 in. (overall)
W: 19 1/4 in. (w/knobs)
H: 3/4 in. (hanging cord)
accession number
2012.67
credit line
Dr. Kenneth R. Shaffer Fund
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Asian Art
colors