Mirror with an Image of Zao Gongen in Hairline Engraving

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Mirror with an Image of Zao Gongen in Hairline Engraving

metalwork / Heian / Nara

Place excavated:Excavated from Kinpusen, Tenkawa-mura, Yoshino-gun, Nara

Heian period, 12th century

Gilt bronze

径24.1

1面

Important Art Object

This mirror is engraved with an image of Zao Gongen, a fierce deity unique to Japan. He was worshipped by monks attempting to gain supernatural powers through asceticism. "

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