Skip Navigation

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)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of Robert B. Woodward and Carll H. de Silver
You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply.

Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please contact (charges apply).

For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress, Cornell University, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums, and Copyright Watch.

For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright.

If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact
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
IMAGE overall, 10.221_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome any additional information you might have.
Gilt Figure of Marichi