Gilt Figure of Marichi
On View: Asian Galleries, Southwest Lobby, 2nd floor
Buddhists of several cultures worship Marichi, the goddess of dawn, because she drives away the darkness of night as well as the spiritual darkness caused by ignorance and fear. Like many Buddhist deities, she is usually depicted with many hands and faces, each representing a different ability or characteristic.
One of Marichi’s faces is that of a boar, much admired in Asia for its tenacity. Her central face is placid, while her other face is fierce, representing the goddess’s ability to be both a gentle guide and a ferocious protector.
Bronze with traces of gilding
36 × 37 × 22 in. (91.4 × 94 × 55.9 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Robert B. Woodward and Carll H. de Silver
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Gilt Figure of Marichi, 18th century. Bronze with traces of gilding, 36 × 37 × 22 in. (91.4 × 94 × 55.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Robert B. Woodward and Carll H. de Silver, 10.221. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 10.221_detail01_PS11.jpg)
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