Smithsonian's Freer Sackler

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Discover ancient relics and modern masterpieces at the Smithsonian's museum of Asian art, the Freer|Sackler, located on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

The Freer|Sackler is where Asia and America meet. Our collections feature ancient to contemporary masterpieces from Japan, China, Korea, Southeast Asia, India, and the Near East. In addition, we have an important collection of 19th-century American art, punctuated by James McNeill Whistler's Peacock Room.

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12 months ago
If this #ValentinesDay has proven all too true the immortal words of Wisdom-Rocker Pat Benatar, that “Love Is A Battlefield”, then you’d best have a few Myo’o by your side. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Lust as Weapon ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Myo’o, deities that express the Buddha's wrath against evil, are prominent in esoteric Buddhism. This school recognizes and emphasizes the disruptive power of sexual passion. It personifies this force in Aizen Myo’o, turning lust's energy into a weapon in the struggle for enlightenment. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Believers embroiled in matters of the heart invoked Aizen Myo’o to attain guidance and calmness. And during the tumultuous years of the late 1200s, warriors in Japanese armies invoked the deity as they fought against invasions. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Aizen Myo'o (Ragaraja) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Buddhist sculpture, Japan, Kamakura period, 1293 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Wood with color and applied gold leaf ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Worship of the fierce Buddhist deity Aizen Myo'o reached a peak when the deity was invoked to protect Japan against two attempted invasions by the Mongols in 1274 and 1281. This sculpture, an example with a rare dated inscription on the interior of the pedestal, was made at the height of devotion to this deity. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ H x W x D (overall): 43.1 x 32.2 x 29.9 cm (16 15/16 x 12 11/16 x 11 3/4 in) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #sculpture #bell #bow #Buddhism #Japan, #Kamakura period (1185 - 1333) #lotus #mask #vajra, #Japanese #Art #freersackler
1 year ago