Indra (Japanese: Taishakuten)
Indra (Japanese: Taishakuten)
Indra (Japanese: Taishakuten)
Indra (Japanese: Taishakuten)

Indra (Japanese: Taishakuten)

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Despite his calm, noble expression, Taishakuten, Buddhist guardian of the east, is also the Hindu god of war and thunderstorms, known as Indra. He wears courtly garb and a resplendent crown and is backed by a flaming mandorla (halo). In his right hand he holds a vajra thunderbolt—derived from a weapon and symbolizing the indestructibility of the Buddhist Law. His left hand holds a mirror, which symbolizes the delusion of mistaking reflection for reality. Once Taishakuten converted to Buddhism, he became one of its greatest protectors.

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 3/16 in. (image)
75 1/4 x 17 3/8 in. (overall)
W: 19 1/8 in. (w/knobs)
H: 3/4 in. (hanging cord)
accession number
2012.64
credit line
Dr. Kenneth R. Shaffer Fund
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Asian Art
colors

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