Buddhist Altar Pendent (Keman) (Primary Title)
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 Josin in 1533 for the Gankinzan temple on the Island of Chikubu.
Muromachi period (1392-1573)
Inscribed vertically in three lines from right to left: 天文二年 已癸 本願凈信 岩金山竹生島 十月吉日 旦那備中守
Special Oriental Art Purchase Fund
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