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Lit. head light. A nimbus or halo that encircles the head of an image of a Buddhist deity. In the case of sculpture it is usually carved separately and attached to the back of the head. Classified according to shape, zukou fall into four types.

1@The round nimbus *enkei kouhai ‰~Œ`Œõ”w, which can be further categorized as, *enkou ‰~Œõ, *rinkou —ÖŒõ, and rinpoukou —Ö•óŒõ. Most nimbus derive from this basic circle shape.

2@The onion-shaped jewel nimbus *houjugata kouhai •óŽìŒ`Œõ”w.

3@The radiating nimbus *houshagata kouhai •úŽËŒ`Œõ”w.

4@The flame-shaped nimbus *kaen kouhai ‰Î‰‹Œõ”w. Besides, zukou Buddhist images often are portrayed with rays of light radiating from the body called *shinkou gŒõ or mandorla. See *kouhai Œõ”w.
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