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Zushi with figure of Amida Buddha, Japan, 18th century

Zushi with figure of Amida Buddha, Japan, 18th century


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Devotional Objects: Pre 1800: Item # 940163

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Very elaborate double-hinged door shrine with the wooden figure of a sitting Amida Buddha, both hands in mudra before him. Behind his head and back a double mandorla. Amida is sitting on a lotus pedestal on top of a multi-tiered base in flower-shaped profile. His garment decorated in fine gold hand painted flower and geometric patterns. All details of the base accentuated in hand painted gold.
The outside of the zushi in red lacquer with a tiny carving of a phoenix on the top front, richly engraved hardware. The inside of the zushi doors decorated with lotus flowers in gold and mineral colors on gold. The baldachin decorated in mineral colors and gold with Buddhist symbols.
Extremely fine carving of Buddha, mandorla and base.
Japan, Edo period 18/19th century.
Height of zushi ca. 7 inches (18 cm).
Painting on the inside doors rubbed, fraction of tip of mandorla missing, carving in excellent condition.