Small zushi hand shrine made to be hung up. Outside black lacquer with fine decoration in gold (with details in relief), imitating the usual gilded hardware, in addition to a jewel, a flaming jewel and a one-pronged Vajra on the front and 2 Vajra, a rinbo, a lotus flower and jewel on the back. Inside extremely fine relief carving in wood of Fudo Myoo in the center flanked by his acolytes Seitaka doji and Kongara doji, standing on a rock formation in front of flames against a minutely carved background of flowers in squares. Details in gold, red and black. Doors gilded on inside with two tone decoration of manji and inscribed in black ink with a mantra Namu …, the name Fudo Myoo, the name of the donor and the date Meiwa 3, year of the boar, 9th month, 28th day (1766).
H 4 inches
Zushi or shrine with inside a wooden sculpture of an erect penis dressed in the typical dress of a palace groom, using the grain of the wood to accentuate belly and knees. Fertility symbol, probably used / displayed during local fertility festivals. Also classified as waraimono - things that make you smile. Japan, Meiji era, around 1900.
Case H ca. 10 ½ inches; sculpture H 6 ¼ inches
Zushi with a lot of wear. Sculpture in fine condition; was formerly glued to another base plate.
Very small double side zushi with inside the images of the Buddha Amida Nyorai and on the other side a Bodhisattva holding a covered jar. All doors painted with lotus flowers in water on a golden back ground. The zushi itself made of kiri-wood (Paulownia), which is known and used for its fire resisting qualities. Very special piece. Japan, Edo period, 18th century.
H 2 ¾ inches
Few age cracks (see photos), paint on doors a bit rubbed, otherwise excellent condition. Beautiful details.
Wooden nyoi (ruyi in Chinese) scepter in the shape of a lotus bud on a long stem with a lotus leaf wrapped around the stem. Used in Buddhist ritual. Rose wood or sandal wood. Japan, 19th century.
Length 13-1/8 inches
Made in two pieces.Fine condition.
Rare pair of foxes that guard a Inari shrine. One holding a jewel in the mouth, the other a key. Each squatting on a little pedestal. Earthenware with mineral color pigments red, blue, white and black. Japan, Edo period, 19th century.
H 19-1/2 x W 6-1/2 x D 9 inches.
One tail restored, key broken and partially replaced for the sake of symmetry, few chips. All in all excellent condition.
Beautiful thick bronze hollow votive figure in the shape of Dainichi Nyorai sitting on a lotus base, former part of a kakebotoke. His head gear finely engraved with floral motives. Bronze with dark brown patina and traces of gilding. Kamakura period, 14th century.
Mounted on Japanese, old kiri-wood stand
H 4 ¼ inches
Tall and shallow zushi or portable shrine with the painting of the Kasuga mandala, mounted on a lotus base. From the saddle of the white deer rises the branch of the sacred Sakaki tree. In the branch is a disc with Buddha Shakyamuni in the middle, surrounded by the bodhisattvas Jizo, Kannon and Monju and Yakushi Nyorai. In the background, above a cloud, Mount Mikasa and the Kasuga shrine and the sun above. Polychromed and gilded wood. Japan, early Edo period, late 17th century.
Height of zushi: ca. 19 ½ inches.
Chips and damages to lacquer on outside. Condition inside excellent. Handwritten label on back: made in Japan.
Belief in the Kasuga deity was popular in the Heian/Kamakura periods, as it links Shinto and Buddhist deities. The worship did continue into the Edo period.
Cylindrical zushi or portable shrine of the proto-type as imported from China. In the center sits Amida Nyorai, surrounded by attendants. On the left door sits Seishi, on the right door Kannon, each surrounded by attendants as well. Outside covered in red lacquer, with gilding. The inside plain dark brown wood, with gilding on the edges. Japan, Edo period, 18th century.
H 7 ¼ x Diameter 2 ¾ inches.
Tip of left hand panel broken off.
Zushi in the shape of a Shinto shrine housing a carving of a curled up snake, it's tongue out. Glass pane behind the double doors. Left door inscribed with dedication by the donor. Inside, behind the snake, inscription in black ink, referring to Fudo Myoo and Marishiten. Sugi-wood (cryptomeria) shrine with light wood carving. Japan, Meiji or Taisho era (1910s-1920s).
H 8 ½ x W 6 ¾ x D 3 ¾ inches
Few abrasions, back pane re-stuck with iron nail
Cast iron kakebotoke or votive plaque for a Buddhist temple or house shrine, showing Amida Nyorai in low relief with ajour in mandorla. Japan, Meiji era, 19/20th century.
Diameter 6 ¼ inches
Hanging scroll with image of the descent of the Buddha to welcome the souls of the deceased and accompany them to the Western Paradise. He is standing on a lotus on clouds and holds his hand in gebon josho. The mudra is the appropriate level for common citizens to be reborn in. Mineral colors and gold on silk. The garment exquisitely decorated in gold. Japan, late Muromachi or early Edo period, 16th century.
Image: 38 ¼ X 15 ¾ inches. Mounting: 84 ¼ x 21 3/8 inches.
Missing areas throughout the silk, mainly in the background. Beautifully stabilized.
Large Buddhist shrine with ‘double doors’, holding the figure of the three-eyed Shomen Kongo in his appearance with six arms, accompanied by four attendants. He is adorned with a skull necklace, bracelets in the shape of coiled snakes around his arms and ankles, holding halberd and chakra, bow and arrow, sword and human being, trampling on a demon. Initially Shomen was a pest spreading demon who after conversion to Buddhism became a guardian deity against wild animals, demons spreading disease and love(!) and against the wild weather deities. Wood decorated in mineral colors and gold, gilded sheet metal for mandorla, attributes and crown. Japan, Edo period, early 19th, perhaps late 18th century.
H of case ca. 15 ½ inches.
Case with damages, figure group with some scuffs, losses and repairs, all in all good and stable and original condition.
Extremely rare. A pair of hand shrines for husband and wife, showing on the inside the bodhisattva Fugen (larger one) and Monju (smaller one). Monju – on the lion - is holding a nyoi scepter, while Fugen – on the elephant – holds a lotus flower topped by a pagoda. Extremely fine carving, especially fine in the rendering of the lion and the elephant with exquisite painting in mineral colors, gofun and gold. The outside of each shrine covered in fine nashiji lacquer, over which in slightly raised gold lacquer a Tokugawa mon on the cover and the same mon on the back in silver. The zushi must have been made by special order for someone in the Tokugawa family line. Japan, Edo period, early 19th century.
H 2-½ inches; 2-9/16 inches.
Comes with kiri-wood storage box.
Fugen and Monju bosatsu (Compassion and Wisdom) are the two bodhisattva that accompany the historical Buddha Shakyamuni / Shaka Nyorai.
Zushi with beautiful hardware on the front; inside the figure of Yakushi Nyorai (medicine Buddha), sitting on a high lotus throne, holding the medicine jar in his left hand and with his right hand making the gesture of picking medical herbs. He is surrounded by 16 rakan, painted onto the inside of the doors (not decals). On the mardorla behind his head two apsara are painted, playing the sho and the flute. High quality carving. Wood decorated in mineral colors and gold. Japan, Edo period, likely late 18th century, perhaps early 19th century at the latest.
H of case ca. 9 ¼ inches.
Painting on the doors a bit darkened, slightly chipping; some lotus petal with tiny chip, otherwise in very good condition.
Nichiren Buddhist shrine with the sculpture of Kishimojin holding an infant in her left arm and raising her right hand in a kind of mudra. Wood beautifully decorated in mineral colors and gold. Japan, Edo period, around 1800.
H of case ca. 9 ½ inches.
Paint a bit flaking at top of figure, otherwise very good condition.
Kishimojin, or Kariteimoten originally was a demon who had a thousand children. Still she would eat the children of others. Buddha’s teachings converted her. She is a guardian deity of Buddhism, especially of small children. In Nichiren Buddhism she is venerated as guardian deity for easy birth and raising children.
She sometimes is shown as a standing figure, sometimes in the shape of a male demon, more often as a female figure with a baby in her arms and several small children around her. In one of her hands she may hold a pomegranate (symbol of fertility) that Shakyamuni gave her to bite into, if she felt a craving for children’s flesh. The male and female, demonic and human shapes sometimes merge, showing her different aspects in one statue.
Several different states of Kishimojin can be found in our listings.
Buddhist shrine showing the Amida triad (Amida sanzon), coming out of Paradise to meet the dying and accompany their souls to the Western Paradise. In the middle stands Amida Nyorai, both his hands in mudra. To his right Kannon bosatsu holding the lotus and to his left Seishi bosatsu with his hands folded in prayer. Very well carved soft wood, such as sugi, stained a beautiful brown. The figures are all sunk into the bottom of the zushi. Japan, Edo period, 19th century.
H case ca. 12 inches.
A few breaks repaired (mainly in the mandorlas), all in all very good condition.
Nichiren Buddhist shrine with the image of Kishimojin inside in demonic appearance, her hands folded in prayer. Wood sculpture with beautifully painted details. Eyes inlaid in glass or crystal. Japan, Edo period around 1800.
H of case 12 inches.
Sculpture of Shomen Kongo, standing with 6 arms, holding ghanta and sword, bow and arrow, halberd and chakra. Shomen Kongo protects against demons and diseases. Wood stained black, with metal parts. Japan, Edo period, shortly after 1800.
H ca. 11 inches.
Sword missing, few traces of usage. All in all very good condition.