- Aug 2010
- Welsh Marches
Thank you, I'd misread the image, the dragon does indeed coil round through the group of characters, both in the main image within the bowl, and on the imagery that goes round the outside. There are more haloed figured on the side, eleven in all, plus an unhaloed man (the without the headdress). I wonder whether the unhaloed man with the headdress may have been an ancestor.The two long-haired fellers clearly have no halos – and so likely belong together as you say – but with the character in the centre having some kind of peculiar head-gear.
Not sure what you mean by "holding an emblem". You mean the dragon's head? I can't see he holds anything. The head of the dragen pokes out in the lower end of the picture, but from what I can see you can follow its body through the picture, snaking behind the other nine characters.
One of the eight "hachibushuu" is precisely a dragon (a naga in the Indian original) while none of them is female – which is why I suggested the interpretation above.