KONGO RIKISHI A-GYOU, Buddhist Statues

Isumu
ISUMU / TC / 3519
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KONGO RIKISHI A-GYOU / Tana Cocoro
Buddhist Statues figure, by Isumu

Kamakura period
A pair of Kongo Rikishi serve as guardians against the enemies of Buddhism, and their statues are typically placed at the gate near a temple entrance.
The first guardian’s mouth is open and rendered to form the sound “a”, while the other statue’s mouth is closed to form the sound “un”. The combination of these two sounds is referred to as “a-un”, and is used in the Japanese expression “a-un no kokyu (a-un breathing)”, indicating the perfectly synchronized minds of two persons committing one act.
These imposing statues realistically represent muscular and forceful physical beauty.

仏教の敵を退ける役割があり、通常、寺院の門に置かれることが多いです。
片方の口は開いている「あ」の形、もう片方の口は閉まっている「うん」の形なので、二体を合わせて「あうん」といい、二人が一つのことをするときに気持ちが一致することを日本で「あうんの呼吸」と言います。
筋肉美を写実的に彫刻し、堂々とした姿に表現されています。

Manufacturer: Isumu
Package size:
Height: 171mm
Width: 95mm
Depth: 50mm
Weight 300g
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