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A Japanese Buddhist altar

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A Japanese Buddhist altar
lacquered in black with hinged double doors and attached metal mounts carved in kebori with arabesques, the transom pierced with scrolling foliage and gold lacquered with clouds, the Shinto shrine's roof finely carved with a dragon and scrolling clouds, the steps decorated with lotuses within each panels in hiramakie on black lacquer ground, the panel of frames with karakusa in gold, the three drawers on the bottom depicting chrysanthemums, the interior in gold, the lower separated part with five drawers -- 20 x 47 x 18in. (52 x 120 x 46.3cm.), 19th Century.
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