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Zushi shrine, snake, Fudo Myoo, Marishiten, Japan

Zushi shrine, snake, Fudo Myoo, Marishiten, Japan

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Devotional Objects: Pre 1920: Item # 1427199

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Zushi in the shape of a Shinto shrine housing a carving of a curled up snake, it’s tongue stuck out. Glass pane behind the double doors, so that the snake is sort of enshrined. Left door inscribed with dedication by the donor. Inside, behind the snake, inscription in black ink, referring to Fudo Myoo, one of the guardians fighting ignorance, and the Deva Marishiten, representing light and sun.
Sugi-wood (cryptomeria) shrine, snake in light wood carving. Japan, Meiji or Taisho era (1910s-1920s).

H 8.5 x W 6.75 x D 3.75 inches

Few abrasions, back pane re-stuck with iron nail