The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures

Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
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Large Antique Japanese Buddhist Statue Fragment


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Devotional Objects: Pre 1800: Item # 1446766

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A fragment from the back right quarter of a large Edo period Buddhist image carved of cedar. Larger than life size, split along what was likely the original joints in traditional Yosegi style of Japanese joined wood Buddhist carving. It is very likely a Buddhist image of this size was destroyed during the Haibutsu Kishaku era at the beginning of the Meiji period (literally "abolish Buddhism and destroy Shākyamuni"), and perhaps some faithful kept a portion as a talisman. The carving itself is 42 cm (17 inches) tall, and floats 4.5 cm (2 inches) in the air mounted on a metal stand.
The anti Buddhist movement of the mid 19th century was an event triggered by the official policy of separation of Shinto and Buddhism, which had existed relatively equal, sometimes overlapping, for a milenia. Although relatively short lived, it caused great damage to Buddhism in Japan. It came in response to many social factors: the power held by many Buddhist Temples, the decadence of many Buddhist monks and priests, the close association between Buddhism and the failing Shogunate, and the sudden unwelcome influx of foreign influence brought on by Western gunboat diplomacy among them. After the fall of the Shogunate in 1868 destruction of Buddhist property took place on a large scale all over the country. It is estimated that 40,000 Buddhist temples were destroyed in Japan during this disastrous nationwide anti-Buddhist mayhem, and in the former domain of Satsuma, a center for Imperial support, all temples were destroyed or appropriated.