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Gilt Figure of Marichi

Asian Art

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.
MEDIUM Bronze with traces of gilding
DATES 18th century
DYNASTY Qing dynasty
DIMENSIONS 35 x 34 in. (88.9 x 86.4 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Asian Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 10.221
CREDIT LINE Gift of Robert B. Woodward and Carll H. de Silver
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Gilt Figure of Marichi, 18th century. Bronze with traces of gilding, 35 x 34 in. (88.9 x 86.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Robert B. Woodward and Carll H. de Silver, 10.221. Creative Commons-BY
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Gilt Figure of Marichi

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