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Nio Guardian Figures


Nio Guardian Figures
Nio Guardian Figures
About 1360
Cypress wood with traces of lacquer
Gift of the Regis Corporation

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Once there was a king who had two wives. His first wife bore a thousand children who all decided to become monks and follow the Buddha's law. His second wife had only two sons. The youngest was named Non-o (NON-oh) and helped his monk brothers with their worship. The eldest, Kongorikishi, however, had a much more aggressive personality. He vowed to protect the Buddha and his worshipers by fighting against evil and ignorance.

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