Samuari Daimyō Kato Kivomasa Zushi - Gold Gilt, Crystal Eyes, Colour, Caligraphy, Laquered Wood - Japan - late Edo Period 江戸時代 (1800s)

Samuari Daimyō Kato Kivomasa Zushi - Gold Gilt, Crystal Eyes, Colour, Caligraphy, Laquered Wood - Japan - late Edo Period 江戸時代 (1800s)
18cms. Signed by Maker. Caligraphy Dedication. Good condition, see description

This is a beautiful, rare, genuine Japanese Buddhist antique from the late 1800s, corresponding to the late Edo Period (江戸時代 Edo jidai).

This is a laquered wood and gold gilt, 'Crystal Eyes' Samuari Lord/Daimyo, 'Kato Kivomasa' Zushi Butsudan. There are dedications, and motifs/depictions of two Japanese Clans on the doors.

Katō Kiyomasa (加藤 清正, July 25, 1562 – August 2, 1611) was a Japanese Daimyō 
( the main roles of the Daimyo in feudal Japan were to protect the Shoguns and being rulers of people, land and property of the assigned area. The Daimyo were initially given land by shoguns, in return, they provided military support including Samurais who served the Daimyo )
of the Azuchi–Momoyama and Edo periods. His court title was Higo-no-kami. His child name was Yashamaru, and first name was Toranosuke.

Dedications are from 1950s when the Zushi was placed in the Temple
Honmyoji where he is buried. Statues and Zushi are often placed at temples.

The dedication reads.

奉開眼 Kaigen
( Kaigen refers to enshrining a Buddha statue or Buddhist painting newly made in a temple or hall to welcome the spirit)
後肥 Higo
本妙寺 Honmyoji Temple

昭和八年七月吉日 July 1955, good day
雲原村 Kumohara Village
糸井氏ヨリ From Mr. Itoi
求ム Seek

Kiyomasa was a follower of Nicheren Shu Buddhism. Though he was buried at Honmyō-ji temple in Kumamoto, he also has graves in Yamagata Prefecture and Tokyo. Kiyomasa is also enshrined in many Shinto shrines in Japan, including Katō Shrinein Kumamoto.

Originally part of an old temple shrine, from a old estate sell, imported directly from Japan by me.

Kiyomasa is depicted here as a Samuari Lord/Daimyo and has a long beard, crystal eyes ( these rare features only present in Edo period and earlier, make the statue look alive in candle light) and stern features. He wears the robes and sword of a Samuari Lord/Daimyo from the early Edo period ( 1600s). He sits on a plinth lotus throne, all hand coloured, and gilded. The Zushi has copper/brass fittings including hinges and is also gilded. ( Please note one hinge on the left is broken)

A wonderful statue for the collector, altar, or an impressive interior design statement.


Zushi: Good. Patina, wear, small scratches, fading, chipping, dust. Minor loss, dark discolouration, chipping and fading of gold gilt, and laquer, all usual for age/wear. Broken hinge on left door.

Statue: Good. Patina, wear, small scratches, fading, dust. Discolouration and fading of colour, all usual for age/wear. Statue is removable. Both crystal eyes present. Figure signed by Maker on base ( untranslatable).

Late 19th Century. Late Edo Period (江戸時代 Edo jidai) (1800s) Japan. Japanese Antique Dealer. Details on request.



Height: 18cm /7 inches approximately
Width: 15cm / 4.5 inches approximately

(please see photos for other helpful measurements including with the doors open )


450g approximately

Carefully packaged and shipped tracked and signed insured. Requires extra packaging and larger box.

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Periodo Edo (1600-1868)
Región / País de origen
Título de la obra de arte
Samuari Daimyo Kato Kivomasa' Zushi -Gold Gilt, Colour & Laquer Wood
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150×180×90 mm
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