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Zushi with sculpture of Kukai, Japan 19th c.

Zushi with sculpture of Kukai, Japan 19th c.


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Sculpture: Pre 1900: Item # 306738

Please refer to our stock # 10105 when inquiring.
  
$ 750

Travel shrine, or zushi, with sitting figure of Kukai, carved in wood. The founder of the Shingon sect sits on a low pedestal, his shoes put underneath. In his left hand he holds the rosary, in the right he formerly held a vajra. Figure carved in plain wood, the pedestal decorated in gold and the typical red, white, green and blue. The inside of the doors decorated with lotus flowers in dull gold lacquer on shining gold lacquer. On the curtain above a decoration of manji and garlands in the same technique. The outside case in black lacquer with gilt and engraved hard ware. Inside: tip of curtain and vajra missing. Outside: short crack in each of the doors, some traces of usage. Height of case 5 3/8 inches; height of figure 2 3/8 inches.