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A kozuka in copper represent Fudo myoo with a blade with a signature.

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A kozuka (small knife that is placed in the sheath) with a handle representing fudo myoo made of copper without signature and a blade with a signature.

TechnicChiselure with high relief ( takaniku bori ) with gold gilding .

representation : Fudo myoo (不動明王,king of immuable wisdomis a deity of the Japanese Buddhist who comes originally from India whose name is Acala.

His cult and his images were introduced in Japan at the beginning of the 9th century by Kobo Daishi, and form since one of the essential elements of the doctrines of the Shingon sectof which he is also one of thirteen Buddha (]ûsan Butsu). He is first considered a king of mystical knowledge (明王, myoo) and of the five myoos he is the leader, he symbolizes the power and the victory over the passions and the desires. They are terrible emanations (jap.Funna) or angry.

It is around the 12th century that it becomes very popular among all the castes of society, it is syncrètise with the shinto and it is given the power to protect against all calamities (diseases, fires, danger during travel ...), multiple altars are erected in his favor .He also becomes very popular among the warrior castes because his martial stature and also because of the  fudoshin ,  不動心(Imperturbable spirit). This is an important psychological trait for the fighting caste making Fudo Myoo naturally attractive to them.

The most common representation of Fudo Myoo is that he sits on a rock of precious stone, representing his steadiness and his determination to fight the demons. He is surrounded by a halo of flame that has the power to destroy the ignorance that lies dormant in each being.

His face is threatening, his eyebrows are frowning, he squints or has only one eye open, these lips exceed two fangs , one directed upward (represents the strength of the desire to progress to the truth) and the other directed downward (which symbolizes the boundless compassion for the suffering of others in their body and mind). He wears a heavy braid that symbolizes his servitude for Buddhism.

He carries in his left hand a sword called chiken 知剣blade of wisdom whose pommel is a vajra (It is the diamond of esoteric sects, the Truth that can not be destroyed by any force or weapon. It symbolizes the victorious power of Knowledge on Ignorance). This blade annihilates the three "poisons" of the mind that are avarice, anger and stupidity.

The sword is often depicted covered with kurikara ,倶利迦羅, lthe dragon lord who was defeated by Fudo Myoo , he was the representation of these three mental poisons. He became attached to the blade, he became an important symbol of loyalty in Samurai castes at the time Edo.

The rope that he carries in his left hand is to catch those who are animated by violent passions and emotions to lead them towards the path of control of it.

Fudo myoo is a great inspiration in the martial arts, it represents the state of mind that every practitioner wants to reach,  the fudoshin, the individual is not affected by any external element. His mind is constantly the same whether he is in danger or in a situation of peace.This is also found in the ascetic and mystical practices of the ninjas or yamabushi ("mountain warrior" ascetic monk of Shingon Buddhism) .

  "The king of the immovable light (fudo-myoo) represents the state where we are when our mind is motionless, imperturbable. To remain imperturbable, one must not focus on anything. Embracing things at a glance without fixing your mind on them is the secret of immobility."

                              Takuan Soho(1573-1645) -Fudoochi shimmyoo roku ,The Mysterious Record of Immovable Wisdom .

This kozuka will be sold in a magnolia box.

width1.3 cm
depth0.4 cm
weight49,69 g
length9.8 cm
length total18,3 cm
materialscuivre et or ( le manche ) et lame en tamahagne
eraedo period 1603-1867

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