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Despite his calm, noble expression, Taishakuten, Buddhist guardian of the east, is also the Hindu god of war and thunderstorms, known as Indra. He wears courtly garb and a resplendent crown and is backed by a flaming mandorla (halo). In his right hand he holds a vajra thunderbolt—derived from a weapon and symbolizing the indestructibility of the Buddhist Law. His left hand holds a mirror, which symbolizes the delusion of mistaking reflection for reality. Once Taishakuten converted to Buddhism, he became one of its greatest protectors.
Private U.S. collection; (Kaikodo, New York, New York); purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2012.