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Zushi, mandala of Amida triad, Japan, Edo period

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Zushi, mandala of Amida triad, Japan, Edo period
$ 2,200

Double hinged shrine with multiple sculptures, forming a mandala around the Amida sanzon. In the back row sits in the middle Amida Nyorai on a lotus base, flanked by Kannon and Seishi bosatsu. In the front stand Jizo bosatsu and Fudo Myoo. On the inside of the doors are also two sculptures, which is very unusual. On the left one of the four guardian kings, probably Komokuten, on the right possibly Uhodoji. The zushi must have been composed to a very specific order. The combination of deities is not a very usual one. Also the numerous attempts to repair broken pieces and re-gild the diminishing shine show that the piece held an important place. On top of the zushi two eyelets, so that the shrine could be hung. No traces, however, indicate that the eyelets were really used. Japan, 19th century.
Height 9 in. (23.9 cm), width 11 5/16 in. (29.1 cm), depth 4 9/16 in. (11.8 cm).
Case: few dents in lacquer, esp. on one side, hinges somewhat loose. Figures: attributes missing (Kannon, Fudo), hands missing (Jizo, Uhodoji), foot missing (Jizo, Fudo), figures re-gilded at later age, lacquer chips. Generally good condition but needs careful handling.

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