Kyosai

Kawanabe Kyosai

1831-1889

Kyosai Drawings for Pleasure: The Enlightenment of Fudo Myoo
(Kyosai rakuga: Fudo Myoo)

signed Seisai Kyosai, with carvers seal Hori Gin, publisher's seal I, hanmoto, Kanda, Sawamura Sudacho (Sawamuraya Seikichi, Seieido), and censor's date seal Inu-hachi, aratame (year of the dog [1874], 8th month, examined)

oban tate-e 14 3/4 by 9 7/8 in., 37.4 by 25.1 cm

In Japanese Esoteric Buddhism, Fudo Myoo, the Immovable King of Light, is a wrathful diety who is the commander of the Wisdom Kings (also known as the Mantra Kings, Knowledge Kings, Kings of Light, or Kings of Mystical Knowledge). As a protector of Buddhist Law, he steadfastly seeks to transform anger into salvation. He is usually depicted as a fierce warrior holding an upright sword and a rope that symbolizes his role as the protector of the Buddhist faith, often engulfed in flames. Here he is accompanied by his young attendants, Kongara Doji (in the background wrangling a glass bottle in a kettle over the flames), and Seitaka Doji (in the foreground preparing raw meat- a culinary novelty introduced by foreigners in the Meiji Period), while keeping up on the latest news by reading a modern publication.

References:
Shoseiki, Kyosai Giga, 1982, p. 114
Kawanabe Collection Catalog, Kawanabe Kyosai Memorial Museum, 2008, p. 31, no. 933

(inv. no. C-3246)

price: $2,700

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