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Zushi with figure of a horse, Japan, Meiji period, 19th

Zushi with figure of a horse, Japan, Meiji period, 19th


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Devotional Objects: Pre 1900: Item # 940618

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Highly unusual shrine with the image of a horse looking back. The horse has a ‘brocade’ cover over his back and is standing behind a mesh wire fence, the way they would be kept in temple compounds. Polychoromed wood with some gold details. The roof of the shrine is a separate piece. Japan, Meiji period, 19th century.
Height of zushi ca. 7.8 inches (19.5 cm).
Frontal baldachin dislodged but still extant, one door lost its hinge-functions (triangular splinter on right door on last photo), some chipping of the paint on brocade cover of horse. Otherwise very good condition.

This piece needs to be seen as a form of ema, which were offered to temples and shrines as a calling to the deity. The horse is seen to be used by various deities.