Japan, 18th-19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)
The exterior lacquered black and fitted with metal hinges and handles, the interior with a dark wood figure of Kannon seated on a gilt-wood lotus throne atop a rockwork base, holding a gilt lotus blossom in her raised left hand, her serene face with heavy-lidded downcast eyes, hair pulled up into a chignon, a gilt halo behind her head. Kannon is flanked by Bishamonten to her right standing on a demon and brandishing his spear, and by Fudo Myo-o to her left engulfed in flames and holding his sword, the interior doors and back lacquered gold, the canopy decorated with hanging metal emblems embellished with coral and stones.
HEIGHT 38 cm
Condition: Good condition with some wear, minor nicks, light scratches, age cracks, minor losses, the doors with old repairs, the shrine further with minor old repairs and touchups here and there.
Provenance: From a German private collection, assembled between 1990 and 2007.
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