3. A shrine for a Buddhist image
Late 19th century
6" x 8-1/2" x 6" (15 x 21 x 15cm)
The shrine, presumably for an image within an imperial temple, as it is covered with yellow cloth, the colour reserved for the Qing Emperors. Three sides of the shrine are inscribed with lines of Chinese script which describe aspects of the Buddha's life, while the front has an arched shaped aperture, triple outlined in cloth. The interior is lined with pale blue silk and a blue silk curtain to protect the image when it was not in use. A fitted base with brocaded edging and stepped top to the entire shrine.