Antique Japanese cast iron figure of Bishamonten, chief of the Four Heavenly Kings and guardian of the north. Dressed for war, he stands on the back of an evil spirit. He holds a club in his right hand in association with his role as guardian. In his left hand, he holds a small pagoda representing the divine treasure house alluding to his association with wealth and good fortune. This sculpture is signed by Sekino Seiun (1889-1947)
Bishamonten is also sometimes called Tamonten, “Listener of Many Teachings” because of his role as guardian of the places where Buddha preached. Bishamonten originated in Indian Buddhism where his name is Vaisravana.
Age: Taisho Period 1912-1926
Dimensions: 24 3/4″ high x 10 1/2″ wide x 11″ deep. (8″ deep at base)