Antique Japanese Lacquer Buddhist shrine Zushi With Prince Shotoku Meiji Period
Antique Japanese Meiji period (1868 - 1912), lacquer traveling shrine altar Zushi with the case made of red lacquered wood, the interior decorated in 24K Gold Leaf, revealing the finely hand carved standing figure of PRINCE SHOTOKU standing the double-lotus leaf, wearing flowing robe, splendidly chiseled with intricate pattern , all decorated in polychrome pigments and gilt. The engraved gold gilded copper hinges and fittings are engraved with extreme details.
Zushi with Prince Shotoku are very rare compared to others Japanese Zushi shrines.
MEASUREMENTS: Height 20 cm (8 inches)
CONDITION: Showing its age and usage, with age appropriate wear and flaws, an absence of the locking hook (see photos).
Please notice that the pictures in the listing are part of the description of the condition of the object.
PRINCE SHOTOKU was the most important Asuka ruler was Shotoku Taishi (born in 574, ruled 593-622). Regarded as the "father of Japanese Buddhism," he made Buddhism the state religion by constructing major Buddhist temples such as Horyu-ji near Nara. His was goal was to create a harmonious society. Recognized as a great intellectual in period of reform, Shotoku was a devout Buddhist but was also well read in Chinese literature and influenced by Chinese philosophy and political thought.