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螺鈿八角須弥壇
Raden-Hakkaku-Shumidan
(Octagon-shaped Buddhisit Platform with mother-pearl inlay)

Designation National Treasure
Classification Arts and Crafts
Designated Date February 8, 1958
Amount 1
Address Aza-Koromonoseki, Hiraizumi
Holder Dichoju-in
Retainer  
Administrator Chuson-ji
HomePage Hiraizumi's Cultural Heritage

Summary
Totall Height : 52.4cm, Diameter : 193.9cm, Side Length : 74.5cm,

It is a wooden octagon-shaped Buddhisit Platform.
All struts, top and bottom stiles and panelboards are decorated with golden or silver lacquer base. The struts have jewery bells and jewey canopy with Katsuma-mon (a pattern) in the center part. The top and the bottom stiles have three-pronged pestles in the middle, and the both sides have flowery pattern with mother-pearl inlay.
In the center of panel boards, the ko-zama (a foliated panel) is fitted in with gilt bronze ornamental border.
In every side panels of the octagonal platform, there are eight Karyobinga (Kalavinskas; Winged Female Angels) on each plate, and the one in front holds a percussion instrument and all others hold flower pots.
It expresses incomparable sophisticated beauty of Jodo, Buddhist paradise, by using fine art techniques of finely engraved lines on all  embossing pattern, and adding incision for mother-pearl inlay.