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SHITENNO, Set of Four Statues
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Shitenno = Japanese reading, the Four Heavenly Deva Kings or Warrior Kings
Jp. = Shitennō. Literally "Four Heavenly Kings." Guardians of the Four Directions, Protectors of Buddhist Law, Protectors of Human Kind, Protectors of the Bodhisattva and Buddha, Protectors of the World. Most often found standing at the corners of alters. All four are depicted as fierce warriors, and shown holding weapons or tools to eliminate evil influences and suppress the enemies of Buddhism. They stand atop evil spirits (Jp. = Jyaki); this symbolizes the power of the Shitennō to defeat evil.

  • Large and intricately carved set of four statues
  • Wood = Zelkova (Japanese = Keyaki Wood)
  • Each Piece = H 35 cm x Front-to-Back 7.3 cm x Side-to-Side 14 cm
  • The four are:
    • Jikokuten 特国天; Skt = Dhṛtarāṣṭra; East, Spring, Green/Blue (white = India/China); Water, Kingdom Keeper
    • Zōchōten 增長天; Skt = Virūḍhaka; South, Summer, Red (blue = India/China); Fire; Lord of Spiritual Growth
    • Komokuten 廣目天; Skt = Virūpākṣa; West, Fall, White (red = India/China); Metal; Lord of Expansive Vision
    • Tamonten 多聞天; Skt = Vaiśravaṇa; North, Winter, Black (yellow = India/China); Earth, Wealth; All Knowing
  • For more details, see Shitennō Background Notes

Shitenno - Set of Four Statues


Shitenno Set
The Four Heavenly Kings

Jikokuten (East)
Jikokuten, Guards the East (views of front, sides, back)

Jikokuten (East)
Jikokuten, Guards the East (closeup)

Tamonten (North)
Tamonten, Guards the North (views of front, sides, back)


Tamonten (North)
Tamonten, Guards the North (closeup)

Komokuten (West)
Komokuten, Guards the West (views of front, sides, back)

Komokuten (West)
Komokuten, Guards the West (closeup)


Zochoten (South)
Zōchōten, Guards the South (views of front, sides, back)


Zochoten (South)
Zōchōten, Guards the South (closeup)


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