Early 20C Japanese Temple Style Box

PRESENTING A LOVELY Early 20C Japanese Temple Style Box.

Made of rosewood and red lacquered wood, with Japanese Giltwood dragon adornments and Friezes in floral (lillies) patterns.

Probably made in the first quarter of the 20th Century … circa 1920-30.

Rectangular shaped with 2 removeable front doors for the storage of deities statues or treasures within.

On an attached wooden plinth or base. One single piece.

A really nice and unusual little box.

Bought by a Dallas Private Collector whilst on a trip to Japan in the 1970’s.

Buddhist temples, or Buddhist monasteries together with Shinto shrines, are considered to be amongst the most numerous, famous, and important religious buildings in Japan.[note 1] The shogunates or leaders of Japan have made it a priority to update and rebuild Buddhist temples since the Momoyama period. 

The Japanese word for a Buddhist temple is tera (寺) (kun reading), and the same kanji also has the pronunciation ji (on reading), so that temple names frequently end in -dera or -ji. Another ending, -in (院), is normally used to refer to minor temples. Such famous temples as Kiyomizu-deraEnryaku-ji, and Kōtoku-in are temples which use the described naming pattern. The Japanese word for a Buddhist temple Tera (寺) was anciently also written phonetically 天良 tera, and is cognate with the Modern Korean Chǒl from Middle Korean Tiel, the Jurchen Taira and the reconstructed Old Chinese *dɘiaʁ, all meaning “Buddhist Monastery”.[2] These words are apparently derived from the Aramaic word for “Monastery” dērā/ dairā/ dēr (from the root dwr “to live together”), rather than from the unrelated and later Indian word for monastery vihara, and may have been transmitted by the first Central Asian translators of Buddhist scriptures, such as An Shigao or Lokaksema.

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhist_temples_in_Japan

Early 20C Japanese Temple Style Box.

Provenance: From a Private Dallas Collection.

Condition: Very Good for it’s age and use.

Dimensions: 11.75″ Tall, 10″ Wide and 5″ Deep


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