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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1800 item #1370795 (stock #10946)
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Zushi, shrine used in Buddhist temples, containing a statue of Aizen Myoo. He sits on his typical lotus throne carried by a vase full of jewels, surrounded by a circular, red, flaming nimbus. He has six arms and on his head he wears a crown in the shape of a lion’s head flanked by two gilded sharito reliquaries. In his lower hands Aizen holds a ghanta and a bell, the secondary hands hold arrows and formerly held a bow, the upper pair of hands used to hold probably a rope and a jewel. Sandalwood decorated with gold and black and red. Jewelry made of gilded copper and glass beads. Japan, Edo period, 18th century.

H zushi ca. 16 inches; figure of Aizen ca. 5 inches.

Figure: one are re-stuck with glue, others joints showing small seams, some beads missing in gilded jewelry. Zushi: some lacquer chips on the doors, edges and other traces of obvious age and usage. All in all very good condition.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #1365253 (stock #10937)
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Oversized hanging scroll, portraying a beautiful young noble woman in travel dress, looking down and holding a large head. While her orange kimono is decorated with cherry blossoms, her overcoat is decorated with maple leaves in autumn colors. Signed: Tojo. Red seal: Seizan. Ink, mineral colors and gofun on silk. Japan, Taisho era, 1920s.

Image 74 x 32 inches
Mounting 90 x 40 inches. Wooden scroll ends.

Some minor cracks and losses to gofun, otherwise fine condition

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1800 item #1364808 (stock #10936)
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Small zushi hand shrine in the shape of a lotus petal. Inside the Raigo (Amida Nyorai coming from the Western Paradise, greeting the souls of the deceased and inviting them to follow him to Paradise). One half carved is carved on the inside with Amida Butsu sitting on a lotus throne, his hands in mudra, the other half is carved with Seishi bosatsu and Kannon bosatsu. Seishi has the hands folded together to express joy over receiving a new soul into Paradise. Kannon holds a lotus flower. Wood decorated in lapis lazuli blue, overpainted with immaculate lines of gold. The outside covered in gold lacquer. Japan, Edo period, 18th century.

H 3-7/8 inches

Tip of zushi broken and repaired on one side with very little loss. Some traces of age and usage, but all in all in fine condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1364377 (stock #10934)
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Midsize Buddhist shrine, zushi, with double doors on front and back, housing a suiseki (scholar’s rock) placed on a lotus base. Zushi black lacquer on outside with brown copper hardware engraved with flowers, the roof decorated above the doors with cranes painted in black ink. Inside covered with gold lacquer, the pillars decorated with lotus petals. Japan, Edo period, 19th century.

H zushi 9 inches

Some traces of usage (chips on lotus base, rubbing of painting), one door with minor damage on inside, otherwise excellent condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1837 VR item #1364039 (stock #10931)
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Fairly large zushi hand shrine in the shape of a lotus petal. Double sided, made of sandalwood. Inside each half is a deep relief carving of Buddhist deities. On one side the three-eyed Aizen Myoo with a lion crown, sitting on a lotus base in the clouds before a red mandorla. His six hands hold Vajra and ghanta, bow and arrow, and lotus bud and pouch. On the other side the two-armed Kannon bosatsu, holding a lotus bud in the left hand, sitting on a lotus base in the clouds. Inside decorated in gold, red, blue and black for details, green mineral color for the background. The outside decorated in gold lacquer over a black lacquer ground: loose lotus petals and a bonji on each side (one bonji probably for Fugen and one bonji A (for Amida)). Japan, Edo period, around 1800.

H ca. 3-7/8 inches

Inside in excellent condition with minimal abrasions of the blue in the hair and of the green background pigment. Black lacquer on the outside with some losses. Above the bonji for Fugen (?) a restoration. Wood a bit warped.

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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1800 item #1363963 (stock #10930)
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Tiny zushi, or hand shrine, with double doors on two sides. Inside a two-sided reliquary with tiny stones, in the shape of a flaming jewel, or tama, on a lotus base in gilt copper alloy and glass. Shrine made of kiri wood (paulonia), inside covered with lacquer with nashiji gold sprinkle. Outside mounted in gilt metal hardware with nanako decoration. Japan, Edo period, 18th century, possibly earlier.

H 2 ½ inches

Some age and use related chipping along the edges, minor damage in the lacquer, and nicks and dents, hinges a bit weak, rubbed and bent, but all in all in very good condition

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1800 item #1347341 (stock #10902)
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Small zushi hand shrine made to be hung up. Outside black lacquer with fine decoration in gold (with details in relief), imitating the usual gilded hardware, in addition to a jewel, a flaming jewel and a one-pronged Vajra on the front and 2 Vajra, a rinbo, a lotus flower and jewel on the back. Inside extremely fine relief carving in wood of Fudo Myoo in the center flanked by his acolytes Seitaka doji and Kongara doji, standing on a rock formation in front of flames against a minutely carved background of flowers in squares. Details in gold, red and black. Doors gilded on inside with two tone decoration of manji and inscribed in black ink with a mantra Namu …, the name Fudo Myoo, the name of the donor and the date Meiwa 3, year of the boar, 9th month, 28th day (1766).

H 4 inches

Fine condition

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1910 item #1323255 (stock #10840)
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Zushi or shrine with inside a wooden sculpture of an erect penis dressed in the typical dress of a palace groom, using the grain of the wood to accentuate belly and knees. Fertility symbol, probably used / displayed during local fertility festivals. Also classified as waraimono - things that make you smile. Japan, Meiji era, around 1900.

Case H ca. 10 ½ inches; sculpture H 6 ¼ inches

Zushi with a lot of wear. Sculpture in fine condition; was formerly glued to another base plate.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1800 item #1323237 (stock #10838)
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Very small double side zushi with inside the images of the Buddha Amida Nyorai and on the other side a Bodhisattva holding a covered jar. All doors painted with lotus flowers in water on a golden back ground. The zushi itself made of kiri-wood (Paulownia), which is known and used for its fire resisting qualities. Very special piece. Japan, Edo period, 18th century.

H 2 ¾ inches

Few age cracks (see photos), paint on doors a bit rubbed, otherwise excellent condition. Beautiful details.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1320450 (stock #10825)
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Rare pair of foxes that guard a Inari shrine. One holding a jewel in the mouth, the other a key. Each squatting on a little pedestal. Earthenware with mineral color pigments red, blue, white and black. Japan, Edo period, 19th century.

H 19-1/2 x W 6-1/2 x D 9 inches.

One tail restored, key broken and partially replaced for the sake of symmetry, few chips. All in all excellent condition.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #1314781 (stock #10816)
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Watercolor drawing on aquarelle paper of a Shinto shrine entrance and a stone lantern in a forest. Signed at bottom right H. Kato. Stamped number and original price in yen on verso. Japan, 1920s.

H 20.25 x W 13.5 inches

Slightly yellowed due to newspaper backing inside frame, otherwise fine condition

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1700 item #1295813 (stock #10781)
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Tall and shallow zushi or portable shrine with the painting of the Kasuga mandala, mounted on a lotus base. From the saddle of the white deer rises the branch of the sacred Sakaki tree. In the branch is a disc with Buddha Shakyamuni in the middle, surrounded by the bodhisattvas Jizo, Kannon and Monju and Yakushi Nyorai. In the background, above a cloud, Mount Mikasa and the Kasuga shrine and the sun above. Polychromed and gilded wood. Japan, early Edo period, late 17th century.

Height of zushi: ca. 19 ½ inches.

Chips and damages to lacquer on outside. Condition inside excellent. Handwritten label on back: made in Japan.

Belief in the Kasuga deity was popular in the Heian/Kamakura periods, as it links Shinto and Buddhist deities. The worship did continue into the Edo period.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1800 item #1294836 (stock #10779)
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Cylindrical zushi or portable shrine of the proto-type as imported from China. In the center sits Amida Nyorai, surrounded by attendants. On the left door sits Seishi, on the right door Kannon, each surrounded by attendants as well. Outside covered in red lacquer, with gilding. The inside plain dark brown wood, with gilding on the edges. Japan, Edo period, 18th century.

H 7 ¼ x Diameter 2 ¾ inches.

Tip of left hand panel broken off.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1920 item #1294043 (stock #10777)
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Zushi in the shape of a Shinto shrine housing a carving of a curled up snake, it's tongue out. Glass pane behind the double doors. Left door inscribed with dedication by the donor. Inside, behind the snake, inscription in black ink, referring to Fudo Myoo and Marishiten. Sugi-wood (cryptomeria) shrine with light wood carving. Japan, Meiji or Taisho era (1910s-1920s).

H 8 ½ x W 6 ¾ x D 3 ¾ inches

Few abrasions, back pane re-stuck with iron nail

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1837 VR item #1234154 (stock #10732)
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Large Buddhist shrine with ‘double doors’, holding the figure of the three-eyed Shomen Kongo in his appearance with six arms, accompanied by four attendants. He is adorned with a skull necklace, bracelets in the shape of coiled snakes around his arms and ankles, holding halberd and chakra, bow and arrow, sword and human being, trampling on a demon. Initially Shomen was a pest spreading demon who after conversion to Buddhism became a guardian deity against wild animals, demons spreading disease and love(!) and against the wild weather deities. Wood decorated in mineral colors and gold, gilded sheet metal for mandorla, attributes and crown. Japan, Edo period, early 19th, perhaps late 18th century.
H of case ca. 15 ½ inches.
Case with damages, figure group with some scuffs, losses and repairs, all in all good and stable and original condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1837 VR item #1233997 (stock #10731)
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Extremely rare. A pair of hand shrines for husband and wife, showing on the inside the bodhisattva Fugen (larger one) and Monju (smaller one). Monju – on the lion - is holding a nyoi scepter, while Fugen – on the elephant – holds a lotus flower topped by a pagoda. Extremely fine carving, especially fine in the rendering of the lion and the elephant with exquisite painting in mineral colors, gofun and gold. The outside of each shrine covered in fine nashiji lacquer, over which in slightly raised gold lacquer a Tokugawa mon on the cover and the same mon on the back in silver. The zushi must have been made by special order for someone in the Tokugawa family line. Japan, Edo period, early 19th century.
H 2-½ inches; 2-9/16 inches.
Comes with kiri-wood storage box.
Excellent condition.

Fugen and Monju bosatsu (Compassion and Wisdom) are the two bodhisattva that accompany the historical Buddha Shakyamuni / Shaka Nyorai.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1837 VR item #1233910 (stock #10730)
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Zushi with beautiful hardware on the front; inside the figure of Yakushi Nyorai (medicine Buddha), sitting on a high lotus throne, holding the medicine jar in his left hand and with his right hand making the gesture of picking medical herbs. He is surrounded by 16 rakan, painted onto the inside of the doors (not decals). On the mardorla behind his head two apsara are painted, playing the sho and the flute. High quality carving. Wood decorated in mineral colors and gold. Japan, Edo period, likely late 18th century, perhaps early 19th century at the latest.
H of case ca. 9 ¼ inches.
Painting on the doors a bit darkened, slightly chipping; some lotus petal with tiny chip, otherwise in very good condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1837 VR item #1233875 (stock #10729)
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Nichiren Buddhist shrine with the sculpture of Kishimojin holding an infant in her left arm and raising her right hand in a kind of mudra. Wood beautifully decorated in mineral colors and gold. Japan, Edo period, around 1800.
H of case ca. 9 ½ inches.
Paint a bit flaking at top of figure, otherwise very good condition.

Kishimojin, or Kariteimoten originally was a demon who had a thousand children. Still she would eat the children of others. Buddha’s teachings converted her. She is a guardian deity of Buddhism, especially of small children. In Nichiren Buddhism she is venerated as guardian deity for easy birth and raising children.
She sometimes is shown as a standing figure, sometimes in the shape of a male demon, more often as a female figure with a baby in her arms and several small children around her. In one of her hands she may hold a pomegranate (symbol of fertility) that Shakyamuni gave her to bite into, if she felt a craving for children’s flesh. The male and female, demonic and human shapes sometimes merge, showing her different aspects in one statue.
Several different states of Kishimojin can be found in our listings.