Marishi-ten, a bodhisattva associated with light and the sun, depicted atop a wild boar dressed in armor. Circa mid-late Edo period, late 18th- early 19th century. He has three heads, fierce expressions, with a third eye in each forehead. Marishi-ten has six arms, which hold a sword, fan, and bow and arrow, as well as a long spear. The deity’s left foot rests on a chakra wheel on the back of the boar. As a deity of war and victory, he was worshiped in Japan during the 8th century by warriors, especially archers, who often wore his image. Such protective talismans were believed to protect those who invoked his name and to make them invisible during dangerous situations. (Ref; Honolulu museum of Art) Painted with ink and pigments on paper.
Some marks and foxes present due to its great age. Slight part has been restored in the past, otherwise the piece is in good condition.
Painting: 8 3/8” x 16 5/8” (21.0cm x 42.0cm)
Frame: 12 5/8” x 24 7/8” (32.0cm x 63.0cm)