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Japanese Wooden Shinto Buddhist Mountain Ascetic Image


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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1837 VR: Item # 1197353

Please refer to our stock # 192 when inquiring.
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Edo period, 19th century

approx. Body - 38cm in height, 21cm in width (14.96in, 8.26in)


Scarce sacred Japanese wooden Buddhist seated image of a noble 'Gyoja' (Mountain priest as the practitioner) of 'Shugendo' (Shinto-Buddhist combinatory sect that blends 'Kannabi' (original Japanese animism), Pre-Buddhist mountain worship, Shamanistic beliefs, Ascetic practices, Chinese Yin-Yang mysticism, and the Taoist magic.).
Still remained its original paint, inserted gyokugan (crystal eyes), tokin (gyoja's headgear), and shakujo stick with metal rings. Removable from wooden base. Antique condition with wears, peels, lacks, and a stick stuck through waist.