Miniature wooden shrine with hinged doors, enclosing a sculpture of the buddhist deity Bishamonten, guardian of the north, protector of the Buddhist teaching and of the nation.
Standing on a pedestal, he is represented dressed in armor, holding a baton in his right hand and a treasure pagoda (stupa) in his left hand. The inner faces, the details of the sculpture and the pedestal are finely highlighted in gold, black and red lacquers. We date it approximately from late Edo to Meiji period.
It is in good condition for its age, with no repairs; there are traces of usage: wear to the lacquer, chips and cracks, as can be seen on the pictures.
Dimensions: about 8.7 cm (3.4 in) high, 9 cm (3.5 in) long when opened, and 3 cm (1.2 in) deep.