Gilt Wood Zushi Shrine
God of War Hachiman on Steed
Pavilion of Fourteen Buddhas
Japan. Dated: Kyoho, 18th Century
Emperor Sakuramachi, 1735-47
in.(25cm), W 9.5 in.(24cm), D 8 in.(20cm)
Aged condition, loss figures.
altars are made with dedicated craftsmanship designed to create a sacred space
of spiritual magnetism. This family alter originally features sixteen deities.
Including in the center pedestal, seated on a steed is the tutelary Hachiman,
the God of Samurais, (with losses shown in two empty spots); next to the elevated
altar are a Jizo and a Amida Nyorai, with eleven deities in various positions
directly below the two Buddhas. Starting from the front left, they can be tentatively
identified as Fudo Myoo, Kudara Kannon, Jibo Kannon, Nichiren Shonin, Zemmui Sanzo,
Sacred Stupa Elephant and Kanu, the God of War; with four figures on the back
row are remaining to be identified. The sumi script is partially translated as
Year Eleven of Kyoho Era (1727 AD).
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