in center, 3 headed 8 armed figure with head of fire motions; figure entangled in flames, waves, snakes; two warriors stand guard in LL and LR corners; top center, Buddha in a bubble with blessing gesture

Daigensui Myōō, 1868

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This outstanding work is a hoso-e, a kind of charm used as protection against or recovery from smallpox, as red was believed to ward off plague and disaster. Usually showing a heroic figure, this painting features one of the fierce five Wisdom Kings in Esoteric Buddhism. The painting is accompanied by a letter from Kamiryo Seiju, a physician and good friend of Hōgai, explaining to a priest that this painting was used in rituals as a religious icon.

Details
Title
Daigensui Myōō
Artist Life
1828 - 1888
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2013.31.204
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in center, 3 headed 8 armed figure with head of fire motions; figure entangled in flames, waves, snakes; two warriors stand guard in LL and LR corners; top center, Buddha in a bubble with blessing gesture