Mythical Group

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A bronze mythological group of Susanoo no Mikoto receiving the yasakani no magatama (sacred jewel). The legendary warrior standing wearing an ornately patterned coat and voluminous trousers gathered below the knee. Around his neck a necklace of magatama and tigers' claws. The sea-god (Haneakarutama no Mikoto according to the inscription on the base) wrapped in a windswept voluminous coat hung with seaweed, spiked tassels, and a dragon-fish, a tachi hanging from his belt and on his back a dragon-cape. His extraordinary helmet formed from eight dragon-heads, fish scales, fins, and tails. His expression one of intense ferocity as he gazes into the crystal ball. At his side, an attendant standing holding a flaming banner, wearing a tunic of reptile-scales and tortoise plastron, a shell spread over his back.

The Khalili Collections



Mythical Group


after 1881


bronze, with gilding & crystal ball

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The Khalili Collections

London, Greater London England

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