Square wooden shrine with hinged doors, open to reveal serene Buddha-like figure holding small flask to contain medicines, called Yakushi Nyorai, Japanese, 1801-1900
Inside this highly decorated Japanese shrine is the Buddhist deity Yakushi Nyorai, the Buddha of healing and medicine. He is seen here holding his right hand in the gesture (known as mundra) for granting wishes. He traditionally held a flask of medicine in his left hand. However, this is missing. Offerings were possibly left in its place because there is a tiny circular wire within which to place them. This shrine may have been placed in a wealthy family home or monastery. It may have been used in ceremonial rituals with offerings to ensure healing and protection.
- Asian Medicine
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overall (open): 402 mm x 300 mm x 136 mm, 1.36 kg
overall (closed): 400 mm x 152 mm x 135 mm, 1.36 kg
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- Martin, V.C.