Standing Statue of Fudo Myoo
“Fudo” means unshakeable strong mind. In the right hand, Fudo Myo’o holds a sword of wisdom which cuts through worldly desires. In the left hand, he holds a rope of salvation and commandment.
The angry look on the face expresses his strong determination to save sentient beings and the upright posture represents when he stood up for the lost sentient beings. Fudo Myo’o is strongly worshipped, especially in Japan and many sculptures and paintings were made.
This statue’s model was made by Unkei in 1189 and was designated as an important cultural property of Japan. Unkei is one of the most famous sculptor of Buddha statues. The firm body shape and the lively face expression particularly resembles Unkei’s characteristic.