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)

Vaisravana (Japanese: Tamonten, or Bishamonten)

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Private U.S. collection; (Kaikodo, New York, New York); purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2012.

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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.

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

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