17 November 1999
A LARGE PORTABLE LACQUER ZUSHI [SHRINE]
Edo Period (Late 17th/Early 18th Century)
The two-door shrine with black lacquer gilt fittings engraved with floral motifs, the interior revealing Nyorin Kannon1 seated in the position of royal ease, two of the six arms hold the wheel and jewel, on an elaborate moveable lotus throne, the figure decorated in gold lacquer and wearing gilt jewels mounted with glass beads, the interior of the left door depicting Jizo Bosatsu dressed as a monk holding a monk's staff and the jewel2 above Fudo Myoo3, the right door with Kokuzo Bosatsu4 above Komoku-ten standing on a white beast, here shown holding a trident which is usually the attribute of Zocho-ten5, all decorated in polychrome on gold ground, slight old damage
15in. (40cm.) high
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1 See Bernard Frank, Le Panthon Bouddhique au Japon - Collection D'Emile Guimet (Paris, 1991), no. 39.
2 ibid., no. 64.
3 ibid., no. 63.
4 ibid., no. 102.
5 ibid., no. 109, 112 and 113.
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