horned figure with red skin seated, kicking legs up into air; white, bulbous glass eyes; broad, open smile revealing small, pointed teeth; carries drum stick in PR hand; oval "halo" of drums behind figure; black sash with floral decorations loosely wrapped behind figure; base

God of Thunder, 17th - 19th century

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Eyes raised, mouth agape, and with legs and arms sprawled out in front of him, the God of Thunder falls backward onto his behind in surprise. The God of Thunder, known as raijin, is usually represented as a horned demon-like figure wearing a tiger-skin loincloth. He carries a set of drums on his back, which he strikes with a stick to make the booming sound of thunder. He is often paired with the God of Wind, fūjin, who carries a bag of wind instead of drums.

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God of Thunder
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2013.31.53a,b
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horned figure with red skin seated, kicking legs up into air; white, bulbous glass eyes; broad, open smile revealing small, pointed teeth; carries drum stick in PR hand; oval "halo" of drums behind figure; black sash with floral decorations loosely wrapped behind figure; base