Gilt Wood Relic Shrine
Meiji or Earlier. Circa: late 19th-Early 20th C.
H 9.5" (24cm), W
5 in.(12.5cm), D 5 in.(12.5cm)
Condition: gilt loss, minor imperfection
splendid construction of a temple in the style of the famous Kinkaku-ji of Kyoto.
Standing at just nine inches tall, this charming little shrine is constructed
in three compact sections. Featuring on the first level, two tiny hinged small
doors opened to reveal a miniature meditating Amida Buddha. On the second level
is a small patio with tiny guardrails, with an empty interior that may had once
been served as a relic chamber, which can only be accessed through lifting the
intricately constructed rooftop; where a hidden sumi inscription indicated that
the shrine was originated from the Kyoto Temple, dedicated to the Zen Master Heiden
Shonin, and signed by the artist: Masu Tomori. Its finely aged condition ultimately
resonates with a spiritual essence in its entirety. The dedicated craftsmanship
in this rare wood shrine
is radiating with placid magnetism.
Amida Temple Shrine