Small Buddhist shrine, containing a wooden sculpture of Ryujin, the Dragon King of the Sea, standing in waves, while holding a bowl of tide ruling jewels in his hands. On his back, its head resting on Ryujin’s head, sits a dragon. With its claws holding on to Ryujin’s shoulders and waist. Soft wood with decoration in black, colors and gold. On the back signed: Komatsugawamachi Inose saku. Bottom of zushi inscribed with a number (). Japan, Meiji period or very late Edo.
Case: height 8.25, width 4, depth 3.75 inches (21 x 10.3 x 9.5 cm).
Sculpture: few small chips and repairs. Zushi: Traces of usage, conform the age and use of such shrines - lacquer chips, cracks, dents and abrasions. Both shrine and sculpture in very good shape over all.
Very rare subject matter.