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Emma - o, King and Judge of Hell

Asian Art

This figure depicts the popular Buddhist deity Emma-Ō, recognizable by his tall Chinese cap, patriarch's robes, and frightening countenance. Emma-Ō and his court of ten judges were thought to preside over the trials of the dead, condemning evildoers to hell.

MEDIUM Wood with gesso and traces of polychrome and inlaid glass eyes.
  • Place Made: Japan
  • DATES 16th century
    PERIOD Muromachi Period
    DIMENSIONS 19 x 18 1/4 x 13 1/4 in. (48.3 x 46.4 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. George Mann
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Emma - o, King and Judge of Hell, 16th century. Wood with gesso and traces of polychrome and inlaid glass eyes., 19 x 18 1/4 x 13 1/4 in. (48.3 x 46.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. George Mann, 79.277. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 79.277_front_PS6.jpg)
    IMAGE front, 79.277_front_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2013
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