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Zushi, Shichimen, Kishimojin, Nichiren, Japan, 18th c.

Zushi, Shichimen, Kishimojin, Nichiren, Japan, 18th c.

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Devotional Objects: Pre 1800: Item # 492282

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Fairly large shrine with three carved figures: Shichimen Daimyojin, Kishimojin and the patriarch of the Nichiren sect, Nichiren. All are positioned on a rectangular base. Although all three can be connected with the Nichiren sect, the formation is a rather unusual one, leading to the assumption that the pieces were carved to the specific order of someone, for a very specific reason. The crest on the outside of the zushi (tachibana branch in well) hints in the same direction. It may very well have been composed for a family shrine. Al pieces inscribed in black ink with more or less the same text: Koshu, Yashiro gun, Kaneda mura, Hirono Asajiro Naomasa. All figures have more or less the same inscription on the back. Japan, 18th century.
Measurements of case: h 14 5/8 in. (37.5 cm), w 16 3/8 in. (42.2 cm), d 8 13/16 in. (22.4 cm).
The case has clear traces of usage and two cracks in the back (one through and through, the other only on the inside), one piece of hardware missing, the other has come off, but is still extant.

Information on the individual pieces will be found under the numbers 492286, 492292 and 492299.