Japanese Buddhist Zushi (portable shrine) with bright red lacquered wood exterior and gilt interior. Shrine with the statue of sitting Fudo Myoo, the fierce deity with his pair of attendants, is seated on a craggy outcropping. The double doors decorated scrolling gilt metal work.
Buddhist traveling altars and shrines create a sacred space of spiritual magnetism and are the product of dedicated craftsmanship. Traveling monks were required to have their own prayer tables and other appurtenances, and zushi were made to satisfy their needs. Such compact shrines became quite popular with laity as well.
Edo Period (1644-1868)
Dimensions: 12 1/2 x 8″ x 16 1/2″