Japan, Kamakura period (1185-1333) to Nanbokuchō period (1336-1392)
Wisdom King of Passion Aizen Myōō
Hanging scroll; ink, color, and gold on silk
Painting: 102 x 60.5 cm (40 3/16 x 23 13/16 in.)
Aizen Myōō is the Wisdom King of Passion. He is one of the Five Great Wisdom Kings who protect the Five Wisdom Buddhas. His body is red, and he has six arms. He has a flaming mandorla, or body halo, and sits upon a lotus supported by a vase from which flaming, wish-fulfilling jewels flow freely. Aizen Myōō converts carnal lust into desire for enlightenment.