A Buddhist preist's rattle
Lot 3283
A Buddhist priest's rattle (shakujo) Nanbokucho period (14th century)
Sold for US$ 10,000 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A Buddhist priest's rattle (shakujo)
Nanbokucho period (14th century)
The elaborate head cast in bronze and gilded and decorated with various symbolic elements of esoteric Buddhism including a central stupa flanked by ritual water pitchers, smaller reliquaries on floating clouds and a sacred jewel, the base formed with conjoined lotus bands, the head fitted with four ring lobed jangles, set on a later hardwood handle decorated with inlaid mother-of-pearl; fitted wood stand

With a wood storage box inscribed Shaku and Soryo no buki (Priest's weapon)
14 1/4in (36cm) high


  • Provenance: Alice Boney

    For another rattle, see Nara National Musem Special Exhibition, Applied Art of Japanese Esoteric Buddhism, exh. cat., (Nara: Nara National Museum, 1992), no. 153 (in the collection of the MOA Museum, Shizuoka).
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