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A cast bronze Buddhist or Taoist figure on a peacock


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A cast bronze Buddhist or Taoist figure on a peacock Supporting a crown displaying the five wisdom Buddhas above his gilt face, holding his principle arms in namaskara mudra while two additional pairs of hands hold a bow and three other now-lost identifying implements, supported by a lotus stand raised upon a likely associated peacock-form base. 24in (61cm) total height inclusive of stand. FOOTNOTES Though there is a strong likelihood the various elements of this piece were recently associated, the figure as it currently stands has iconography somewhat consistent with the Mahamayuri Vidyaraja (Ch: Kongque Mingwang). Though this 'Wisdom King' is much more common in Japan where it is known as the Kujaku Myo-o, the peacock's reputation as an effective remedy for poison inspired popular cults to this deity in China before the Yuan dynasty. A Song dynasty painting of the figure also riding a peacock, attired in princely garb and carrying a bow is published in Little, Stephen et al, Notable Acquisitions at the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago: University of Illinois press), 36-37.
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