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Danjūrō VII's Benkei as Fudō Myōō

Danjūrō VII's Benkei as Fudō Myōō

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Benkei is an armed and courageous warrior. Seated on a pile of humans, this character presents overlapping images of the superpowerful heroes Benkei and Fudō Myōō (Immovable Guardian King of the Buddhist Law), holding a sword and a rosary. Fudō Myōō, particularly at the Shinshōji temple in Narita, is a protector of the Ichikawa family. This surimono, a privately commissioned print, might have been a New Year's gift to celebrate the birth of the future Danjūrō VIII.
Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese, 1786–1865)
Edo period (1615–1868)
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Date

1824
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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