University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameButsudan
Object Number:29-96-741
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Japan
Date Made: c. 1750
Early Date: 1725
Late Date: c. 1750
Iconography:Amida Buddha
Height: 163 cm
Width: 71 cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904


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.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Japan Gallery (21 Oct 2012 - 2018) View Objects in Exhibition
Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition (12 Dec 1985 - 21 Oct 2012) View Objects in Exhibition


[Catalogue] Possehl, Gregory L., and Ch'eng-mei, Chang, and Peters, Heather, and Lyons, Elizabeth. 1985. Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition.. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 9,15View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Sommerville, Maxwell. 1904. Monograph of the Buddhist Temple in the Free Museum of Science and Art, University of Pennsylvania.. Philadelphia. pg. 1-47 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 45View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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