京仏壇 / 京仏具 京都府仏具協同組合

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  1. 総檜の厨子。


Buddhist altars for temples date back to the Nara and Heian eras. Later, miniature altars (zushi) were built to house statues of the Buddha and sutras, spreading into ordinary household use in the early Edo era (17th century). Kyoto is home to more than 100 main temples of each Buddhist sect, and the altars and sacred objects made in Kyoto have long been prized for their aesthetic magnificence and deep spirituality. A major feature of Kyo-Butsudan (Kyoto Buddhist altars) is an elaborate division of labor, with many highly specialized craftsmen working under the supervision of the head altar maker. A woodworker will construct the body of the altar while an engraver decorates the wood, one craftsman will apply lacquer while another polishes the surface, a guilder lays on golf leaf and a painter will add color with rock and mud paint. In addition, a variety of metalworkers will add their respective expertise in casting, engraving, coloring, etc. before the work is finally assembled and completed. In recent years more and more artists and designers are collaborating with traditional craftsmen. These new works combine contemporary design with traditional craft techniques, resulting in modern Buddhist altars which can be specifically created to suit individual living spaces.

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  1. :高知県竹林寺荘厳具。
  2. : 密教の代表的な法具「五鈷杵」。
  3. : 新デザイン仏壇「INORI」(外側)と「つつみ」(内側)。
  4. : モダンなデザインの香炉。
  5. : チェスのキングとクイーンをモチーフにした雛人形オブジェ。仏壇制作の伝統的な工法を活かして製作。
  6. : 新デザイン仏壇「OMEGA」(外側)と、形見を入れるおりん(内側)。

(1 株式会社若林佛具製作所 / 2,3,5,6 株式会社田中伊雅仏具店 / 4,7 京都府仏具協同組合)

1: A cypress miniature shrine. 2: Sogongu (holy equipment) at Chikurin Temple, Kochi Prefecture, Shikoku Island. 3: Gokosho, a pestle used in Esoteric Buddhism. 4: Inori, a contemporary Buddhist altar (outside) and Tsutsumi (inside). 5: A contemporary incense burner. 6: An object with a chess king and queen motif made using traditional methods of Buddhist altar craftsmanship. 7: Omega, a contemporary Buddhist altar. The inside has a bell (orin) containing a keepsake. (1 Wakabayashi Butsugu Seisakusho / 2,3,5,6 Tanaka Iga Butsuguten / 4,7 Kyoto-fu Butsugu Cooperatives)