I have found one example through a dissertation by Nobuyoshi Yamabe which treats the Sutra on the Ocean-like Samadhi (Guanfo sanmei hai jing, 觀佛三昧海經) titled "The Sutra on the Ocean-like Samadhi of the Visualization of the Buddha: The Interfusion of the Chinese and Indian Cultures in Central Asia as Reflected in a Fifth Century Apocryphal Sutra" and translates as follows:
I would like to know if the idea of "ocean of samsara," or "ocean of rebirth," or "ocean of suffering," with monsters (makara) ready to swallow was depicted in the iconography of India, Central Asia or China before, say, the 9th c. AD. Up to now, I have failed to find a precise example combining these features.
A bibliography or specific examples would be greatly appreciated
Etienne de la Vaissière
Central Asian Medieval Societies
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