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Kishibojin Bodhisattva Diety with Altar Stand -Wood, Laquer and Gold Gilt - Japan - 19th century

Lot reference 12337473

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A beautiful, rare, Japanese, guaranteed antique, wood and gold gilt Bodhisattva 'Kishibojin' and Altar, from the 19th century ( Altar Stand is from the 1960/70s)

Part of a family shrine imported directly from Japan.

In the Japanese tradition, Kishimojin is an aspect of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, and she bears the epithets "Bringer of Happiness" (歓喜母) and "Giver of Children and Easy Delivery" (子安鬼子母神).

She is also a cultural development of a response to the power of Christianity in Japan, with the obvious similarity to the iconography of Mary holding the Infant Jesus. This happened both in China and Japan with the iconography of Kannon/Kwan Yin and other female dieties of the Buddhist and Taoist cannon being changed. As such examples of these including Kishimojin are very collectable.

The gilded statue stands on a tiered, lotus throne, her hands holding a figure of a child. She still has remnants of hand painted robe details.

The Altar is also hand made in wood with laquer and gold gilt.

A wonderful set of pieces for the collector, altar, gift, or an impressive interior design statement.


Good. Patina, wear, scratches, fading, dust. Loss of detail, loss of surface, loss of gold, laquer, and colour, usual for age/wear/use. Altar has minor wear.

Statue:Mid to late 19th Century. Japan. Altar: 1960/70s approximately.


Total Mounted Size:

15x12x6cms approximately


500g approximately

Carefully packaged and shipped tracked and signed

Gb The Bodhisattva Emporium  

Feedback score: 100%
Reviews given: 94
Member since: August 26, 2015
  • Hello, I bought a pair of ear ring and also one statue of jeweled Tara. I am deeply disappointed. The pair of ear ring described as coral is not Corail. And the the statue is not old, it’s faked!!!!

    Norbu13 February 7, 2018

    Response by seller
    Hello. Sorry to hear you are disapointed. However I dont understand. I didnt sell you any earrings. Thats not an item i sell.

    The Tara is listed as late 20th century/ early 21st which is accurate. Its not listed as old or antique. Kind regards Bodhisattva Emporium.
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    gsgorbini February 1, 2018

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    Well packed and nice statue, good contact.
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    Patriciusdegroot December 16, 2017

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    Dieterpull October 26, 2017

    Response by seller
    Dear Buyer according to Royal Mail Tracking information, unfortunately the address was not found by Danish Post. If the item is returned to me i'll post once again to an Alternative address. If the item is not returned to me i will refund your bid. Kind regards Bodhisattva Emporium
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    Very good statue, good seller, thank you
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    fo October 11, 2017

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