gouzanze-in 降三世印
KEY WORD : art history / sculptures
Lit. mudra of the Vanquisher of the Three Worlds (SK: trailokyavijaya mudra). A mudra or hand gesture *in 印 formed by clenching both hands, crossing them back to back in front of the chest, interlocking the little fingers of both hands, and extending both forefingers. The gesture was characteristic of *Gouzanze Myouou 降三世明王 (Sk: Trailokyavijaya, or Vanquisher of the Three Worlds), and the two principal hands in eight-armed images of Gouzanae Myouou display this mudra, but there are examples of two-armed images in which this mudra was not used.


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