Fumibako Lacquer Box with Ren’nyo Honganji Mon and Original Buddhist Doctrine Text & Chants

Lacquerware (shikki) or nurimono (coated things) is a traditional method of finishing wooden pieces in Japan. Many steps are taken to refine and prepare the lacquer, and even more intricate steps are taken to create/finish/ornament many exquisite objects. With the use of gold decoration (maki-e), the final coat is a high-gloss lacquer.  This beautiful antique Japanese Aizu Nuri-fumibako, (document box), is made of wood with a glossy black (roiro) lacquer finish. The design on the top is the symbol of the Ren’nyo Honganji Buddhist Temple and is decorated with Hira-maki-e gold lacquer work; dated circa 1900s. It is a superb and lovely example of this historic craft. Fumibako are used to store letters as well as other personal, cherished papers, books, and documents from memorable ceremonies and events.

The book found inside this beautiful box refers to the birth of Ren’nyo a Buddhist monk (1415-1499). It is entitled “Ohumi which is Amida’s Teachings in the form of prayers and chants, and informative of Buddha’s teaching and supportive of a peaceful, serene life.

The lacquer on this Fumibako is structurally sound with no splits, cracks, or scratches. The Hira-maki-e work is fully intact. The book is informally bound with stitch binding (an inexpensive traditional binding method), and is in original condition, and illustrates beautiful Japanese calligraphy. An art piece within itself. Dimensions: 12-0” x 10-0” x 2 ¾”.

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