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shrine, butsudan
Date Made/Found: mid 18th-19th Century
Donor: Unknown provenance
Material and Medium: wood
Dimensions: Overall: 390 x 295 x 590mm (15 3/8 x 11 5/8 x 23 1/4in.) - closed Overall: 860 x 295 x 590mm (33 7/8 x 11 5/8 x 23 1/4in.) - opened
Place Object Found: Japan
Accession Number: WC147
Buddhist butsudan made of lacquered wood. Front has a hinge to lock the doors and top of cabinet has figures of phoenix. It opens up in the middle to show 32 different small figures and 1 big figure of Kannon (a favourite Bodhisattva equivalent to the Chinese Guanyin or Goddess of Mercy) inside. Kannon is believed to be able to transform into any of the 33 forms to save individual souls. Each figure has detailed carvings, some with head dresses and decorations around it. Some figures are standing and some are sitting down. It also has gilted lacquered wood on the inside.
Display Location: Weston Park Museum

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