Small shrine. Inside sits Nichiren, founder of the Buddhist Nichiren sect, on a chair. Underneath the chair his clunky shoes. In his left hand he formerly held a rosary. In the right hand, pressed against his chest, he holds a four pronged vajra, now partly missing. In the back of him the gilded Amrita bottle. Figure of wood, stained black. Chair lacquered wood, partly polychrome design. Japan, Edo period.
Height 5 ¾ in. (14.6 cm).
Case with old chips, filled up with black lacquer, front third of bottom cracked off and repaired. Tiny chip at garment of Nichiren, lower part of vajra missing, as is the rosary, chair formerly broken and lovingly restored. Obviously used, but with love for the piece.