The guardian deity of the loyal and virtuous warrior, Uesugi Kenshin, who lived by the principles of righteousness, "Doroashi bisyamonten" appears in the "Gokusho Butsu" series.
Kenshin, who held deep faith in Bisyamonten, established a sacred space known as "Bisyamonmaru" within his residence, Kasugayama Castle in Echigo (modern-day Niigata Prefecture), where he built the Bisyamondo shrine to enshrine images and statues of Bisyamonten. Among them was a Bisyamonten statue standing about 30 cm tall.
Though Kenshin was known for his strong sense of righteousness and never engaging in battles for personal gain, the turbulent times and circumstances surrounding Echigo left him with little respite, forcing him to spend his days in constant warfare. During one of his rare returns to Kasugayama Castle, Kenshin immediately paid a visit to the Bisyamondo shrine. To his surprise, he found small muddy footprints scattered inside the shrine. Curiously, he followed these footprints, which led him all the way to the Bisyamonten statue within the shrine. Kenshin, filled with joy, believed that "Bisyamonten had fought alongside me," and from that moment on, the Uesugi clan referred to this Bisyamonten statue as "Doroashi bisyamonten" (Bisyamonten with Muddy Feet).
The elegant gold leaf application on the statues was supervised by the master of Buddhist statue coloring, Chihiro Takamura, ensuring authenticity. Crafting wooden statues of approximately 10 cm in size was a significant challenge. They used materials suitable for fine carving and faithfully sculpted the most crucial aspects, the divine face and balance, as per the original image.
The gold leaf coloring was done by the studio of "Isumu," under the supervision of Ms. Takamura. This collection, packed with know-how despite its small size, is confidently recommended for your collection.