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Fantastic Zushi, 63 piece Wooden Gods and Buddha in Edo

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19 Nikaido, Kamakura City
Kanagawa Pref. 248-0002 JAPAN

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Fantastic Zushi, 63 piece Wooden Gods and Buddha in Edo
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Just as it opens the door of this small shrine, you will certainly raise the voice of admiration.
And the good scent of an old tree which the Buddhas emit from the back of a door floats.

Wonderful the wooden Buddha and small shrine in old time of Japan.
The work in the middle of the Edo period.

Probably, the believer of the Lotus Sutra and the Nichiren sect makes this piece.
The principal image is Shaka Nyorai.
The Goddess of Mercy and the guardian deity who protect Gautama Buddha and a believer in Buddhism to the bottom part of it.

The feature of this small shrine is the harmonization of Shinto and Buddhism(syncretistic fusion of Shintoism and Buddhism) which is a figure of the religion of Japan before Meiji Era.

Myojin called No. 30 God is in a door on either side.
30 ban-shin(God) is faith of harmonization of Shinto and Buddhism, and is the gods of 30 presupposed that a state, people, etc. are protected by turns every day.
It was thought as important by the Nichiren sect and the Hokke sect (Hokke Shintoism) especially after medieval times, and it was made into God of Lotus Sutra protection.

The interior has black lacquer and gold leaf finish, the exterior of small shrine is decorated in black lacquer and skillful gold metal fittings.

The condition is in excellent considering the old time of the middle of Edo.
There are any wear and dust, but there have fine taste and flavor.
It is a very rare item.

Measurements about : 45cm(17.7")Width, 39.5cm(15.5")Length, 49cm(19.2").

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