Figure. Kichijoten standing on lotus base; wearing robe of lady of Tang China; crowned; in one hand wishing jewel and other making gesture of liberality. Made of wood. Carved in 'ichiboku zukuri' style; some later restoration; replaced hands and feet.
- Made in: Japan
- Height: 119 centimetres (with plinth)
- Height: 109 centimetres (without plinth)
- Width: 37 centimetres
Associated with harvest, fertility, and fortune, Kichijoten is one of the female Buddhist deities derived from Laksmi, the wife of Vishnu, worshipped as the goddess of fortune in the Hindu pantheon. She is sometimes depicted with the guardian Bishamon to whom she is wife or sister. The deity is shown in contemporary Chinese robes. One hand makes the "seigan'in" gesture signifying the granting of desires, and the other holds the "hoju" jewel of enlightenment. (Label copy, VH 1999)Smith et al 1990
Associated with harvest, fertility and fortune, Kichijoten is one of the female deities derived from Laksmi, the wife of Vishnu, worshipped as the goddess of fortune in the Indian Hindu pantheon. She is sometimes depicted together with Bishamonten, to whom she is wife or sister. The deity is here dressed, in Heian period fashion, in Chinese robes, and indeed has features similar to those of some Tang dynasty sculptures. One hand makes the 'segan'in' gesture, signifying the granting of desires, and in her other hand she holds the 'hokyu' jewel.
The piece is carved in 'ichiboku zukuri' style out of one block of wood, although there is some later restoration, and the hands and feet are replacements. Any original pigment has vanished.Zwalf 1985
Śri (Kichijōten), goddess of good fortune, sometimes shown with Vaiśravaṇa (Bishamon) either as consort or sister, was particularly associated with good harvests. As here, she usually wears the elegant robes of a lady of Tang China, crowned, with in one hand the wishing jewel and with the other making the gesture of liberality. The figure is partly restored.
1997 13 Oct-1998 5 Jan, India, New Delhi, National Museum, The Enduring Image
1998 9 Feb-3 May, India, Mumbai, Sir Caswasjee Jahangir Hall, The Enduring Image
2006 Oct 13-, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'
Credit Line: Purchase funded by the Brooke Sewell Bequest.
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Object reference number: JCR8146
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