Seated Daiitoku Myōō (Yamāntaka)


Seated Daiitoku Myōō (Yamāntaka)

Sculpture / Nara

Heian period, 12th century

Gilt bronze

Total H 21.0, H 20.3


The statue with six arms and legs mounted on the back of water buffalo. As one of the Five Great Myōō, it was sometimes placed in a westward direction, however it was more often enshrined as a single image. As an independent statue, it was applied as a principal icon during the Esoteric Buddhist ceremony, however many examples were produced to pray for victory.

Masterworks from the Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall at the Nara National Museum. Nara National Museum, 2010, p.137, no.163.

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