round metal medallion with circular motifs of two cranes with outstretched wings facing one another; circular form of seated four-armed figure just above center; raised center in form of turtle with short brown cord; raised lip

Mirror with Aizen Myōō, turtle, and cranes, late 13th - early 14th century

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Aizen Myōō, is one of the Wisdom Kings, fierce spirits associated with esoteric Buddhism. Although his name means “Wisdom King, Imbued with Love,” a reflection of the love he holds for the Buddha and the love he is shown in return, Aizen Myōō is actually a manifestation of the wrathful aspect of Dainichi, the cosmic Buddha. As such, he has multiple heads and arms and carries a bow and arrow. In this bronze mirror, originally used in esoteric Buddhist ritual, he appears alongside auspicious cranes and turtles.

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Mirror with Aizen Myōō, turtle, and cranes
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2015.79.433
Catalogue Raisonne
Murase, Art through a Lifetime, no. 816
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round metal medallion with circular motifs of two cranes with outstretched wings facing one another; circular form of seated four-armed figure just above center; raised center in form of turtle with short brown cord; raised lip