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Shrine

Native Name:
Butsudan
Object Number:
29-96-741
Current Location:
Culture:
Japanese
Buddhist
Provenience:
Japan
Date Made:
c. 1750
Early Date:
1725
Late Date:
1775
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Wood
Brass
Technique:
Carved
Lacquered
Iconography:
Amida Buddha
Description:
Black lacquered wood shrine in four parts, mounted and bound gilt brass. Carved wood interior lacquered with gold. There are compartments below for holding requirements for Buddhist devotions. The interior of this large standing shrine is carved wood, lacquered in gold. It contains an image of a standing Amida Buddha. The small porcelain vase contains an offering of flowers. The small bowl may have contained rice. The family's ancestor tablets are also stored here. The drawers and shelves would have contained Buddhist sutras and other objects used for devotion.
Height:
163cm
Width:
71cm
Credit Line:
Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition (12 Dec 1985 - 21 Oct 2012)
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Bibliography:

[Catalogue] Lyons, Elizabeth, et al. 1985. Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition. : Page/Fig./Plate: 9,15
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[Book] Sommerville, Maxwell. 1904. Monograph of the Buddhist Temple in the Free Museum of Science and Art, University of Pennsylvania. 1-47. : Page/Fig./Plate: 45
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