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    Sale 1978

    Japanese And Korean Art

    18 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 194

    A Wood Figure Of Aizen Myo-o (Ragaraja)


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    A Wood Figure Of Aizen Myo-o (Ragaraja)
    Momoyama-Edo Period (16th-17th century)
    Polychrome pigments on wood with metal and glass jewellery and inlaid crystal eyes
    15 7/8in. (40cm.)

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    Aizen Myo-o is the principal deity of the group of Myo-o or 'Kings of Light', derived from the circle of Siva, the Hindu deity of destruction and reproduction. Aizen Myo-o is depicted with a fierce countenance bordered by flames on either side of his head. In Buddhism he is worshipped principally by the Tendai and Shingon sects which consider Aizen Myo-o a fierce manifestation of the mild deity Kongo-satta in which guise he is known as the God of Love.