Shrine of Myoken Bosatsu

Article code ac168231
This is an antique Japanese shrine of Myoken Bosatsu—god of the North Star and guardian of horses.
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Origin  Japan, Edo Period
Dimensions  L30 x W17 x H29cm

Myōken Bosatsu is a Buddhist deification of the North Star worshiped mainly in the Shingon, Tendai, and Nichiren schools of Japanese Buddhism. The cult of Myōken is believed to have been introduced to Japan around the 7th century by the toraijin, immigrants from the Korean kingdoms of Goguryeo and Baekje, and flourished during the Heian period (794-1185).