Wisdom King of Great Awe-inspiring Power (Daiitoku myōō)

Wisdom King of Great Awe-inspiring Power (Daiitoku myōō)

mid-1800s

Hanging scroll; ink, color, and gold on silk

John L. Severance Fund 1976.72

Description

In Esoteric Buddhism, there is one Buddha at the center of the universe, and four additional Buddhas, each of whom occupies one of the four cardinal directions. These Buddhas also manifest themselves in fierce forms called Kings of Brightness (myōō), or Wisdom Kings. Daiitoku is an avatar of the Buddha Amida and manages the west.

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