Lacquer Wood Buddha Shrine
Ming, Circa: 17th century
H 8 in (20cm.), W 4 in (10cm.), D 3" (7.5cm.)
H 21 in (53cm.), W 9 in (23cm), D 7" (18cm)
Condition: lacquer and gilt loss.
rare shrine wood sculpture of the Savior of Hell, Bodhisattva Ti-tsang (Japanese,
Jizo; Sanskrit, Ksitigarbha) is an effigy once used in ritual that invokes the
dead. The small statue has a powerful presence; possibly a result of ritual worship
from former owners through the years.
is a richly gilt and lacquered wood statue of King of the Under-world is carved
in strict observation with the Chinese Buddhist tradition. The Buddha Ti-tsang
sits in meditation on a lotus shrine, in front of a large mandorla guarded by
two dragons. Near the top of the mandorla, the calligraphic character "Buddha",
which is now faded away with the passing of time. The Ti-tsang statue appearers
that it has been consecrated with a ritual blessing. There is a certain ritual
offering embedded in the statue, to which a small package is visibly tied togethers
with clothes and colored strings. Since we would not attempted to remove this
item, we can only assume that it is likely a Taoist or Buddhist inscription of
prayer. The statue is very light, it is believed to be hallowed out for purpose
of preventing wood cracks.