Edo Meiji Zushi Buddhist Travel Shrine Of Monju Manjusri Buddha Attendants Yqz For SaleUntitled Document
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From The Ryder Collection -Japanese Mid to Late 1800's
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Japan, mid to late 1800's. Edo Meiji Zushi Buddhist Travel Shrine of Monju Manjusri Buddha Attendants. A red lacquered Zushi travelling shrine or altar cabinet with a humpback top and of elliptical section, the curved hinged doors opening to reveal a boxwood and gilt lacquer group on a double plinth of Monju Bosatsu (Boddhisattva Manjusri) attended by a figure of prince Shotoku Taishi (an early proponent of Buddhism at the Japanese court who helps to bring Buddhism into Japanese society) and a guardian general with wild hair - possibly Jikokuten, one of the four guardian kings of the cardinal directions. Monju sits on a high lotus throne supported by a large gilt lacquer lion on a rockery, while the attendant figures stand directly on rockeries. Guaridan with missing hand, Monju with missing hands and head nimbus. Wear and minor lacquer loss to base and shrine. It measures approx. 12 3/4" x 9".
Manjusri is considered the boddhisattva (a being who on the cusp of Enlightenment holds back to ensure that all other beings enter before them) of transcendent wisdom, and forms the foundational duality of Mahayana Buddhism, the balance of Wisdom (Monju) and Compassion (Kannon). It is likely that the missing hands of the statue would have held a sword and a scroll, the symbols of the Boddhisattva in Japanese iconography.
Previously Sold Christie's South Kensington, Asian Decorative Arts, 14FEB02, Lot 66
Ex. Ryder Collection, Indiana
From the collection of pan-Asian Buddhist art of the Ryder family, IA, acquired in the 1980's and 1990's. Until recently, many parts of the collection on loan to local Midwest museums. The mandate of the collection was to research and source a representative sculptural work from every country and every major period of Buddhist art.
For those not familiar with Anthony Lee here is his bio: Anthony M. Lee is an institutional, market and collection consultant specializing in the arts of China, Japan, Korea, Himalayan Kingdoms, South and Southeast Asia. Starting as a salesperson at age 14 in Chinese antiques in a family business, he went on to university studies in Asian arts, as well as receiving his licenses in tea ceremony, with further studies of ceramics and religious art over eight years in Japan. For several years he was an associate dealer with Sotheby's online site and consultant with various sale houses and museums. Anthony has acted as consultant to over 20 museums, government agencies and trusts including the largest museums in Canada and the US, as well as major collectors, dealers, insurance and transportation companies worldwide.
He is considered by many to be one of the foremost experts in the world in Asian Art & Artifacts.
Anthony Lee started a website ages ago called Asianart. It is a place to post photos of your items and have experts identify them for you. (You can still post things there and folks will help you.) He no longer moderates it and identifies things for us as here on as an old friend. Estimated shipping weight, (packaged) is 7 lbs 8 oz in a 20 x 15 x 14 box. The Calculator is not always right - if the shipping looks too high email us and we will give you an accurate quote prior to the sale ending. ************ What a great find!
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