AN IMPORTANT PORTABLE CHRISTIAN SHRINE
MOMOYAMA PERIOD, 16TH CENTURY
the shallow rectangular frame and a curved architectural top and two hinged doors and inner frame, with copper gilt fittings engraved with chrysanthemum mon, the interior of the doors decorated in gold hiramaki-e and inlaid in mother of pearl with panels of fuyo bordered by a rare design of stylised flowerheads, the exterior with tachibana and wild pinks bordered with similar flowerheads and hanabishi, the top with a roundel depicting a crucifix surrounded by a geometric design, the reverse in black lacquer, the frame containing a Western painting in oils, probably South American, of the Virgin and Child surrounded by the Apostles and angels playing instruments, the Holy Dove above
49 cm., 19 1/2 in. high.