Kukai or Kobo-Daishi was a Buddhist Monk who founded the Esoteric Shingon or "mantra" school of Buddhism. He is ensconced in a "throne" like chair inside a zushi or traveling case. Clasped in his left hand is a mala and on his right is a Tibetan dorje. Not known the implications of these objects or if they signifies some connections. The zushi seems to be a later addition to preserve the image.
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