Sunday, November 16, 2014

Gallery of Japanese artifacts

On the top floor of the British Museum, up the staircase at the back (by the Elgin Marbles), is a gallery of Japanese artifacts.

Where I found this amazing portable altar containing thirty deities, one for each day of the month.

Late seventeenth century, wood and laquer.

The deities are personifications of geographical regions - much like our counties (before you laugh, I know many people who worship Lincolnshire, Norfolk, and Rutland).

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