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牡丹彫木彩漆笈
Wooden Oi-Box, with Peony Engraving

 
Designation Prefecturally-Designated
Classification Arts and Crafts
Designated Date August 17, 1979
Amount 1
Address Aza-Koromonoseki,Hiraizumi
Holder Kannon-in
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Administrator  
HomePage Hiraizumi's Cultural Heritage

Summary

(Oi means a square wooden box with four legs carried as a backpack by mountain ascetic priests )

Total Height : 92.7cm
The body part, height: 85.3cm
Width: (sei: upper edge, back) 33.0cm
  (sei: bottom edge, back)  24.6cm
Depth: (upper part) 57.6cm
  (bottom edge) 24.6cm

This box case with four legs is made of paulownia wood carving and lacquered.
It is a narrow and long shaped box with Chushi ( a miniature shrine ) in the center part. It has iron plated decorative ornaments in main parts all around the edges.
It has very peculiar and interesting features suitable for pilgrimage, with oval shaped carrying board on the back for portability as well as a portable miniature shine in it.

It was supposed to be the work of Muromachi period. However the temple considered it to be the belonging of Minamoto no Yoshitsune, a legendary hero.