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The Arts of Asia, India, & the Middle East

Tue, Jul 18, 2023 11:00AM EDT
Lot 63

Manuscript Buddhist Book Honyo Jodo Shinshu Sect

Estimate: $200 - $400

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Early Japanese manuscript book by Honyo (1707-1789), the 17th priest of the Buddhist Jodo Shinshu sect. Along with an early lacquered document box. The Jodo Shinsu sect, also known as Shin Buddhism or True Pure Land Buddhism, is the most widely practiced form of Buddhism in Japan.
Height: 9 3/4 in x width: 6 3/4 in x depth: 2 1/4 in.


Heavy wear throughout. Toning and fraying to sheets. Losses to the cover. However, it appears there is no loss to the inner sheets; all pages are kept. There are some inscriptions that are covered with white substances and written over them. However, it does not appear to be a modern restoration, given two reasons: 1. The white substances covering the original inscription are not noticeably fluorescent under UV light. 2. The Japanese inscriptions that are written over the white substance appear to be written in the same era as when the rest of the book was written. It is a possibility that the aforementioned parts were amended after the original book was written; however, in such instances, the alteration appears to be made in the same era when the book was written- it does not appear to be a modern alteration or restoration. If you wish to see photos of the aforementioned white substances, please contact us. Wear to the box.

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