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Wooden Oi Box, Gilt Bronze Shogun-Jizo etc.

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

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

Total Height: 77.5cm
The body part, height: (front) 62.2cm
  (back) 56.6cm
Width: (sei: upper edge, back) 55.6cm
  (sei: bottom edge, back)  58.9cm
Depth: (upper part) 27.2cm
  (bottom edge) 30.5cm

This box case is made of cypress wood, with gilt bronze engraving.
It used gilt bronze sheets for bougaku, long edging boards and rails with fishroe motif.
In Bougaku, there are five statues centering on Shogun-Jizo statue in armor, Bishamonten and Karasu-Tengu on the left, Fudo-Myo-O and Jizo a crow-billed goblin on the right, with a clump of the Japanese cedar on both sides.
Among some similar examples, it is so valuable and precious because its well-balanced and well-designed decorative pattern.
It has particularly metal ornaments, among other wooden Oi boxes in Chuson-ji.

It was made in Muromachi period.