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Zushi Shrine Containing Figure of Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama) Zushi Shrine Containing Figure of Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama)
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This figure of Buddha sits in lotus position, with his hands in Dhyana Mudra. This mudra is for meditation and the attainment of spiritual perfection; it indicates the rest of the senses, perfect balance of thought, and general tranquility. The lotus represents spiritual perfection and mental purity in Buddhist belief, giving this figure strong Zen imagery. This Buddha is placed inside of a Zushi Shrine, which are often known as “travelling shrines” because they are designed to allow for travel with a deity, as the figure inside may be protected or hidden away whilst one is in movement. They can also be used to conceal deities on temple grounds, which is a Japanese/Shinto twist on Buddhist practice and most likely this one’s intended use. The writing on the back of the Shrine is most likely the name of the craftsman.

 
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Zushi Shrine Containing Figure of Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama) Zushi Shrine Containing Figure of Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama)
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wood, lacquer, metal wood, lacquer, metal
height / width / depth: 29.00 x 18.00 x 14.00 cm; 11.42 x 7.09 x 5.51 in.
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M77-361

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