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Also mikenkou ”ϋŠΤŒυ, miken byakugou ”ϋŠΤ”’Ÿ|, miken byakugousou ”ϋŠΤ”’Ÿ|‘Š, (Sk: urna). A curl of white hair in the middle of the forehead or between the eyebrows of a sculpted figure. Found on images of the Buddha, and also on many bodhisattva and other Buddhist deities. One of the 32 attributes of the Buddha *sanjuunisou ŽO\“ρ‘Š. According to Mahayanist Buddhism, daijou bukkyou ‘εζ•§‹³, the byakugou is said to emit a ray of light that illuminates the universe. In sculpture, especially wooden figures, the byakugou was most commonly represented by an inlaid precious stone. A cylindrical crystal, often quartz, was embedded in the forehead. In some early examples, the byakugou was represented by a round wooden mark carved in relief. Other figures, on which this mark is now missing, are thought to have been painted in white pigment, which has since faded.
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a) *rahotsu —†”―@b) *nikkeishu “χ韎μ@c) *nikkei “χ韁@d) byakugou ”’Ÿ|

*Amida Nyoraizou ˆ’–ν‘Ι”@—ˆ‘œ F Koutokuin ‚“Ώ‰@ (Kanagawa)

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