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Portable shrine (zushi) 1700 - 1800

Wood, black and gold lacquer, gilt bronze | 33.0 x 15.5 x 12.5 cm (whole object) | RCIN 26008

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Buddhism was introduced to Japan from mainland Asia in the sixth century and had a profound impact on all modes of cultural expression. This miniature shrine depicts Amida Buddha (Amitabha), the great saviour in Mahayana Buddhism. His right hand is raised in abhaya mudra, signifying reassurance and safety.