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Mountain Avatar of Japan; wrathful guardian and central deity of Japan's syncretic Shugendō mountain sects; patron deity of Japan's holy Mt. Kinpu and Yoshino area; Lord of Mountain Ascetic Practices 

Zaō Gongen
Zao Gongen
Kongō Myōjin
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蔵王権現
金剛明神
金剛蔵王権現
金剛蔵王菩薩

Cangwang, Ts'ang-wang, Cángwáng Quánxiàn, Ts'ang-wang ch'üan-hsien

Form of Kongōsatta or Vajrasattva

Jangwang Gwonhyeon; Changwang Kwŏnhyŏn
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장왕권현

Dor je sem pa (lit. = Vajra Holder)

Despite Zaō's Tantric appearance, Zaō is generally considered of Japanese origin. Antecedents and parallel deities in India, China, and elsewhere are listed above, but they hold no formal connection to Zao in Japan.

Zaō Gongen - One Who Subdues All Evil
Avatar of Japan's Shugendō Sects & Mountain Ascetics
Chief Deity at Mt. Kimpusen, Avatar of Many Shinto Mountain Shrines

PRICE = $466 Zaō Gongen
+ $40 Shipping x 5% Tax = GRAND TOTAL $513.30


Zao Gongen, Wood Buddha Statue
Jp. = Zaō Gongen

  • Wood = Cypress (Jp. = Hinoki)
  • Size = H 21.5 cm  Front-to-Back 6.5 cm Side-to-Side 8.5 cm
  • Literally "Diamond King Avatar." Zao is one of the most important deities of Japan's Shugendō sects, a diverse syncretic mix of mountain ascetic practices, Taoist philosophies, Shinto beliefs, & Esoteric Buddhism. Zao is also the protector deity of sacred Mt. Kimpusen in Nara prefecture, where a 7-meter image of the deity is installed.
  • Our statue depicts Zao using traditional Japanese iconography. Zao's hair stands on end, right hand holds a thunderbolt (vajra), left hand near hip forming the sword mudra, grimacing face, three eyes, two arms, right foot raised. There are other variations, but Zao is always characterised by enormous vitality & wrathful appearance, not only to frighten disbelievers but also to symbolize Zao's vanquishing of evil. Details Here.

Standing Zao Gongen - Wooden Buddhist Statue


Zao Gongen - Standing Wooden Buddhist Statue
Zao Gongen - Standing Wood Statue

Zao Gongen Closeup
Zao Gongen Closeup

Zao Gongen Closeup
Zao Gongen Closeup

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SIDE VIEWS AND BACK VIEW

Number of Pieces, Pegged Assembly
NUMBER OF PIECES, EASY PEG ASSEMBLY

Size of Zao Gongen Statue
Size of Zao Gongen Statue


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