Cypress wood with traces of lacquer
Gift of the Regis Corporation
- The Japanese story of Kongorikishi (congo-ree-kaw-she) is about the use of physical force to defend the Buddha and his worshipers
- The warrior rulers of 14th-century Japan valued bravery, honor, and strength.
- The enormous size and energetic poses of these Nio (NEE-oh) guardian sculptures made them imposing forces outside the gates of a
Buddhist temple complex.