Wisdom King of Passion (Aizen Myōō)

Wisdom King of Passion (Aizen Myōō)

愛染明王像

1300-1392

Hanging scroll; ink, color, and gold on silk

Painting: 102 x 60.5 cm (40 3/16 x 23 13/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2017.101

Description

Aizen Myōō is the Wisdom King of Passion. He is one of the Five Great Wisdom Kings who protect the Five Wisdom Buddhas. His body is red, and he has six arms. He has a flaming mandorla, or body halo, and sits upon a lotus supported by a vase from which flaming, wish-fulfilling jewels flow freely. Aizen Myōō converts carnal lust into desire for enlightenment.

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