Fudo Myo’o and two attendants

Historical period(s)
Kamakura period, 14th century
Ink, color, and gold on silk
H x W (image): 110.6 × 56.2 cm (43 9/16 × 22 1/8 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Hanging scroll (mounted on panel)

attendant, Japan, kakemono, Kamakura period (1185 - 1333)

To 1906-1907
Unidentified owner, to 1906-1907 [1]

From 1906-1907 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from an unidentified owner, during collecting trip to Asia, in 1906-1907 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] See Reserved Kakemono List, R. 572, pg. 17, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. According to the Accession List, Collections Management office, C.L. Freer purchased this object during his "Oriental trip, 1906-1907."

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919


Fudo Myo'o is one of the Buddhist kings of knowledge, and is a symbol of immovable steadfastness in the face of passion, egoism, and temptation.  Fudo is usually represented as standing on a stony pedestal with a flaming halo of light behind him. Two young attendants, Kongara doji and Seitaka koji, often accompany images of Fudo. This painting on silk was intended to be hung in a Buddhist temple for ceremonies and worship. Sculptural images of Fudo in polychromed wood were also created as devotional images.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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