A bronze fumi-e Edo period, (17th century)
Lot 3094
A bronze fumi-e Edo period (17th century)
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A bronze fumi-e
Edo period (17th century)
The rectangular icon set on four feet and cast in relief with an image of Christ on the cross in Golgotha, the Jerusalem cityscape in the background, the reverse inscribed Kanbun kyunen junigatsu (no) hi tsukuru kore (1669.12) and Kai jashumon yo, with the remains of small gas bubbles on the reverse and in the area of the inscriptions
7 1/4 x 5 1/4 x 1 1/4in (18.4 x 13.3 x 3.2cm)

Footnotes

  • Fumi-e, literally "step upon pictures," were conceived by the Tokugawa government after Christianity was officially outlawed in Japan in the early 17th century. It was believed that Christians would hesitate to step on an image of Christ or the Virgin Mary, thereby divulging their religious convictions. Initially officials utlilized crosses, or painted icons, but by 1661, the practice of using fumi-e became codified and the Tokugawa government issued bronze icons such as the present example to all Daimyo for use in rooting out hidden Christians across Japan.
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