Japanese Lacquered Wood Portable Devotional Household Shrine ‘Zushi’
Japanese Lacquered Wood Portable Devotional Household Shrine ‘Zushi’
Japanese Lacquered Wood Portable Devotional Household Shrine ‘Zushi’
Japanese Lacquered Wood Portable Devotional Household Shrine ‘Zushi’
Japanese Lacquered Wood Portable Devotional Household Shrine ‘Zushi’
Japanese Lacquered Wood Portable Devotional Household Shrine ‘Zushi’
Japanese Lacquered Wood Portable Devotional Household Shrine ‘Zushi’
Japanese Lacquered Wood Portable Devotional Household Shrine ‘Zushi’
Japanese Lacquered Wood Portable Devotional Household Shrine ‘Zushi’
Japanese Lacquered Wood Portable Devotional Household Shrine ‘Zushi’

Japanese Lacquered Wood Portable Devotional Household Shrine ‘Zushi’

1800 to 1900 Japan

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A Japanese Lacquered Wood Portable Devotional Household Shrine ‘Zushi’ the Two Doors Opening to Reveal a Gilded Interior with Miniature Carved Sandalwood Statues of the Buddha Amida the Lord of Boundless Light Standing in Blessing his two attendants dressed as Bodhisattvas surrounded by fire and flames symbols of wisdom
The outside of the case lacquered in a lotus design of gold and silver ‘Hiramakiyé’ the doors with chased and gilded brass clasps and hinges a suspension hook to the roof of the shrine
Edo Period Early 19th Century

Size: 11cm high, 7cm wide, 4cm deep - 4¼ high, 2¾ ins wide, 1½ ins deep
Provenance:
Ex Private English collection
‘Zushi’ are also known as ‘Butsadan’ and were Buddhist family shrines kept for private devotional use at home. They would contain images, such as these two examples, or memorial tablets and ornaments. Nearly always lacquered they are fine examples of both Japanese lacquer work and carving in miniature. Lacquer is a kind of a varnish used from ancient times in Japan, China and other parts of Asia for preserving, strengthening and beautifying articles. Lacquer is to Japan what porcelain is to China. As an art form it is highly appreciated in Japan and their technical mastery of the material is without rival.

Medium
Wood, Lacquer, Brass, Polychrome
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