Circular hand shrine, or zushi, in two halves. Inside, one half shows the bodhisattva Kokuzo carved in relief with a sword in the right (to cut through ignorance) and a wish-granting jewel in his left hand. He sits on a lotus base, placed on a rock. Details of the carving and the background painted in gold, black, red and malachite green. The other half shows a lotus pond, a rock and a cloudy sky painted in delicate lines of gold and silver, heightened with black. The outside of the zushi is left undecorated.
Japan, Edo period, early 19th century.
Diameter: ca. 1.75 inches (4.4 cm).
Scarf tip on the right side of figure missing, tiny unimportant restoration, otherwise very good condition.
Comes with a custom made wooden stand.