Buddhist Altar Pendent (Keman) (Translation)
金銅蓮華唐草文透彫華鬘 室町時代 (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

Gilded copper
Overall: 16 × 14 1/2 in. (40.64 × 36.83 cm)
This fan-shaped plaque is known as keman. Objects such as this serve as Buddhist ritual pendants and can be found hanging above a temple altar or on the wall. The use of keman originated in ancient India, where fresh flower garlands were used to adorn deities. Adopted to Buddhist rituals, the keman were made in fabric, leather, and wood, as well as metal like this one. It bears an inscription that indicates it was commissioned by Military Governor of Bitchu Province in 1533 for the Hogonji temple on the Island of Chikubu.
Pure Land Buddhism
Muromachi period (1392-1573)
天文二年已癸本願凈信 巌金山竹生嶋 十月吉日旦那備中守 (To Gankonsan, Chikubu Island, entrusting to the Primal Vow with sincere mind, from patron Military Governor of Bitchu Province, an auspicious day of 10th month, Tenbun 2, kishi year [1533])
Special Oriental Art Purchase Fund
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