MARISHITEN – Shinto-Buddhist woodblock print talisman hanging scroll (Dealer: Sezuan antiques & art) – Japanese ‘Marishiten’ (=Marici, originally a Buddhist god of war of Hindu mythology) shaped as a figure with a face and four arms riding on wild boar. Many samurai warriors had believed in Marishiten for its elusive and untouchable image from that Marishiten is considered as an embodiment of heat haze or sunlight. Quite an interesting “Japanized” image of how deity of Hindu mythology settled in Japan. Edo period in 19th century. According to the sign, probably coming from some temple of mountain asceticism in Weatern Shizuoka area which existed before the Separation of Shintoism and Buddhism in Meiji period.
Some damages at mounting as seen.
Total: approx. 169 x 44.5cm (66.53 x 17.51in) / Paper: 109 x cm (42.91 x in)
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