A curious Shinto-Buddhist house-shrine of plain, undecorated wood with partly coloured image of Ebi (holy snake). Glass door. Japan, Taisho-Showa period, first half of 20th cent. H 19 cm, W 11.5 cm. Condition: Excellent w. very little wear.
An black lacquered altar-box (zushi) containing the image of Nichiren (1222–1282), the founder of the Nichiren School of Japanese Buddhism. The patriarch is here depicted reading from the Lotus Sutra (Hokkekyo). Dated Taisho, 1926. H 16 cm, W 12 cm (box). Condition: Fair w. some wear to lacquer box. The closure has been partly replaced. Inner inscriptions only partly legible.