Horrible Face On The Other Side Of The Netting

Statue putting fierce look

The statue put a fierce look on its face

Shot at Gokoku-Ji, a Buddhist temple in Otsuka, Tokyo. A wooden gate called Nio-Mon gate stood at the entrance of the precinct of this temple. It was built around 1700. And two statues were stationed on the both sides of the gate. The statue in this photo was one of them. It was Virūḍhaka. While it wore a fierce expression, it kept guarding the precinct not to enter evil.

Although it had the power to hold out against evil, it was helpless to the birds, for example the pigeons. So the statue was surrounded by the wire netting. Watching it, I felt as if I was watching a savage beast in the zoo.

Information of this photo

Photo No.
10199
Shooting Date
Dec 2016
Posted On
July 3, 2017
Place
Gokoku-Ji, Tokyo
Type
Still Life Photography
Archive
JUL 2017 STILL LIFE TOKYO
Camera
SONY ALPHA 7R II
Lens
SONNAR T* FE 55MM F1.8 ZA

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