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An Unusual Japanese Zushi – Bronze Buddha /Attendants

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An Unusual Japanese Zushi – Bronze Buddha /Attendants
This is a rare Japanese travel shrine known as a “zushi” and used by Buddhists to make their devotions while away from their home temple. This one is rare because the figures inside are of cast bronze with excellent old patina. The Buddhist triad consists of Buddha in the center and two attendants flanking his sides. Buddha stands of a raised lotus blossom while the two attendants stand on low rocks. The Buddha’s headdress has multiple Buddha tiny Buddha heads as decoration. An incised floral border surrounds the three figures.

The solid bronze piece measures 3 1/8 “ high by 2” wide at the base and is ½” thick at the base. The cast bronze piece has a peg built into the base that fits into a hole in the base of the wooden zushi case. The wooden case is coated with black lacquer on the outside and the inside – including the two doors – are coated with gold leaf, slightly worn in places. The wooden case measures 4” tall and is 5 ¼” wide with the doors open and is 2 3/8” wide with the doors closed. There is one tiny nail missing in the upper right hinge. The case has an elaborate metal closure and a hinged metal clasp to keep it closed. We date the zushi to the late Edo period, circa 1800-1850.

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