Good condition. Signs of aging. No repairs. See description and photos.
Old Buddhist Butsudan (literal meaning, "Buddha altar" or "House of Buddha") with Myōken Bodhisattva 妙見菩薩 - Japan - ca. 1850
Myōken Bodhisattva, or Myōken Bosatsu in Japanese, (Japanese: 妙見菩薩) or Hokushin-sonsei-myōken Daibosatsu, is depicted as a warrior brandishing a sword over his head and wearing a helmet and armor. Among samurai and peasants, Myōken is considered the guardian of warriors, horses, and farmers. Myōken has always been worshipped by the Heike, and among them one of the first samurai, Taira-no-Masakado. Even today, he is still worshipped by the Sōma clan's lords and honorary generals, as part of the rituals of Sōma Nomaoi.
This Myōken Bodhisattva is very old and detailed. It is in good condition for its age, as depicted. Shows signs of aging (e.g. a crack).
The lacquered wood altar with gilt-wood interior is delicately carved with beautiful lock. It dates to the 20th century. It is in good condition as depicted.
Dimensions Butsudan approx.:
25 cm high, 18 cm wide (closed), 41 cm wide (open) 14,5 cm deep.
Dimensions Myōken approx.:
16,5 cm high, 11,7 cm wide, 9 cm deep.
Myōken origin = Chinese folk worship of the North Pole Star.
Myōken is the deification of the North Pole Star (Hokushin 北辰) of the Little Bear constellation (Ursa Minor), as well as the deification of the Big Dipper (Ursa Major). The term Myōken 妙見 literally means heavenly eyes, heavenly sight, penetrating sight, one who sees all, or simply “good eyesight.” In Japan, worship of the northern Pole Star along with the seven stars of the Big Dipper (Hokuto Shichisei 北斗七星) is a syncretic blend of Buddhism, Taoism, Onmyōdō 陰陽道 (Yin-Yang Divination), and local kami cults, but it is especially important within Esoteric Buddhism, and from the Heian period (794-1180) onward, Myōken was venerated under various guises as the central star controlling all other celestial bodies, one believed to control the life and fortunes of the people, one who protected not only the emperor and country, but also warded off diseases, prevented calamities of fire and other disasters, increased life spans, and healed eye diseases. As a deification of the Pole Star, Myōken was also worshipped as the deity of safe voyages and navigators. In Japan, even today, s/he is venerated at both Buddhist temples and Shintō shrines.
The altar will be carefully packaged and shipped by registered post.
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