RYUJIN OF SHUGENDO (Dealer: hotoke) – The calligraphy of single Chinese character of ‘Ryu’ (Dragon) which stands for ‘Ryujin’ (Dragon god) in ‘Shugendo’ (Japanese mountain asceticism-shamanism incorporating Shinto and Buddhist concepts) of ‘Dewa sanzan’ (Three sacred mountains of Dewa in Yamagata prefecture), as a fire prevention (as Dragon god = Water god) which was given to the people by a mountain ascetic named ‘Renkai’ (lit. Lotus sea) when going down the mountain. 19th century. The condition is as seen, with predictable damage for use and age.

Total size in hanging position: approx. H 134cm (52.75in), W 38.5cm (15.15in)


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