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A Fine Old Japanese Mask of Fudō Myōō for Noh Theatre Performances


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Collection No. TB-4224
Size Height 22 cm Without Stand
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A Fine Old Japanese Fudō Myōō  Mask for Noh Theatre Performances of Chobuku Soga

Fudo Myo-o is a Japanese Buddhist Deity (also known as Acala) the God of Fire.

Fudu Myo-o translates to “the immovable or unshakable one.” He is the greatest of the five Myo-o (five wisdom kings).

Fudō Myōō is the most widely represented of the Buddhist deities known as Myōō, or Kings of Brightness. A fierce protector of Buddhist Law, he is a direct emanation of the Buddha Dainichi Nyorai, the principal Buddha of Esoteric Buddhism.

The Fudō Myōō may look enraged, but his purpose is to transform anger into salvation. In Japanese culture, if a Fudo Myoo mask is hung in a home, the house will not move in the event of an earthquake.

I am uncertain about the exact age of this mask but I think it is likely from the late 19th – early 20th Century. The mask comes on a high-quality stand that makes the mask appear to be floating in the air, it can be used on a table or shelf.

Provenance: The Todd Barlin Collection of Japanese & Asian Art

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