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  san tou liu bi

 

China

San tou liu bi is an iconographic style, especially used in Taoist religious art, in which a certain deity is depicted with three heads and six arms (fig.), to indicate his or her great power, such as of this mawang or ‘horse-royal’, a warrior-deity associated with both the Mazu (fig.) and Shuicao (fig.), Chinese gods that serve as the protectors of horses (fig.).