Fudō Myō-ō “Acala” is one of the fierce guardian deities of the Vajrayāna Buddhist cult, also known as esoteric, especially beloved and respected in Japanese Buddhism. A protector deity in Shingon Buddhism, he is classified among the wisdom kings and belongs to the Myō-ō.
This statue of Fudō Myō-ō was found in the collection of statues of Miyamoto Musashi, founder of the Niten Ichi-ryū school of swordsmanship. Musashi was a reputed sword master who dueled to the death more than 60 times without defeat. In his later years, he devoted himself to various fields, practising the art of the traditional tea ceremony, zen, painting and calligraphy. His paintings “Cormorant”, “Shrike on a withered branch” and “Pigeon on a red Japanese apricot” have remained influential works in Japanese culture.
In his last five years, he locked himself in a cave on Mount Kinbō in Kumamoto, where he wrote “The Book of Five Rings”, a dissertation of his strategies and the secrets of his swordsmanship. This book went on to transcend Musashi’s original intention and is now considered an effective guide to business strategies, mental training and a complete bible for efficient living.
This statue shows Fudō Myō-ō holding the Kurikara sword in both hands, unlike most figures where he is shown with the flaming sword in his right hand and a rope in his left.
Details of the product
Weight: +2 Kg
Measurement: 45x15x13 cm
Materials: Wood and resin