Buddha Statue, Kongo Rikishi Ungyo, Palm-sized


This Buddha figurine is a model of the Palm-size Statue Series. Although their sizes are small (around 20cm / 8in height), details are elaborated as high quality as medium and large models.

Model of these powerful statues are wooden Kongo Rikishi that are made in 13th centuries and designated a national treasure of Japan. This is the one of a pair Kongo Rikishi named “Agyo”. This statue well-expresses the moment to demonstrate overwhelming power as a guardian of Buddha. Their muscle-bound bodies are well expressed along with aging wooden texture. Right arm from the elbow of the statue are missing to replicate the original statue; it is impaired due to aging or an accident.

Character of Kongo Rikishi
Kongo Rikishi, also called Nio, are two wrathful and muscular guardians of the Buddha. The one opening mouth is called “Agyo”, whilst the one closing it is called “Ungyo”. According to Japanese Buddhism story, they travelled with Buddha to protect him from enemies. Today, they are standing at the entrance of many Buddhist temples in the form of frightening wrestler-like statues.

Please note that this item includes Ungyo statue only.
If you'd like to get a pair of Kongo Rikishi, you need to purchase Agyo statue in addition.

17.1cm(H) x 9.0cm(W) x 5.4cm(D)
6.7 in(H) x 3.5 in(W) x 2.1 in(D)