Vintage Japanese Carved Wood Shrine
Fudo Myoo The Unshakable
Origin: Japan. Circa: Showa, the mid-1900s'
Condition: excellent! FedEx shipping due to large size.
H 26 in. (66cm), W 14 in. (36cm), D 12 in. (30cm)
A votive shrine of the Immovable Fudo Myoo Buddha seated on a seven-tiers pedestal. The Angry Buddha is holding a vajra-hilt sword in his right hand that cuts through all negative emotions. And in his left hand is a rope with handcuffs that bind men of ignorance— a means by which lead them to enlightenment. The carving is distinguished by the expressive power of the deity engulfed with an aureole of wisdom fire. Which is implicitly shaped into a fire phoenix by the carver's able hands and spiritual commitment. An essential quality that makes this statue powerful and compelling.
The name Fudo Myoo means motionless or unshakable like that of a mountain. It is a Japanese name for the Vajrayana Buddha Acala. In Sanskrit, his name means Conqueror of Three Poisons. The Buddha Acala can transform love, hatred, and ignorance into energy that leads to enlightenment even in a single lifetime. As guardian of the Buddhist faith, Fudo Myoo is the wrathful manifestation of the Buddha Mahavairocana, one of the Five Great Kings of Light. He represents the beginning of a spiritual quest, the awakening of Bodhicitta, and the beginning of compassion for all lives.