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.
Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Current & Past Exhibitions:
Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition (12 Dec 1985 - 21 Oct 2012)
[Catalogue] Lyons, Elizabeth, et al. 1985. Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition. : Page/Fig./Plate: 9,15
[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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