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Little statue / icon - what does it depict?


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An old friend of mine recently showed me a sort of icon / statue which looks as if it was hacked off an altar at some stage. He has no idea what the providence of the piece is, but he's reportedly had it for a number of decades and originally bought it in an antique store / flea market type place in Dublin.

He's asked me if I know anyone who could tell him a bit more about the piece (guess he's finally gotten around to it) - specifically, who is depicted and what aspect of them? Who are the attendants, is that a turtle or a tortoise etc.

Some of you guys are pretty sharp on your buddhist iconography - anyone got any ideas? Since it looks like it might be Chinese (to me, at least) I've e-mailed a Taiwanese artist I know.


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