Kukai, known as Kobo-Daishi , Buddhist Monk,polychrome wood,Meiji period

Kukai or Kobo-Daishi was a Buddhist Monk who founded the Esoteric Shingon or "mantra" school of Buddhism.  He is ensconced in a "throne" like chair inside a zushi or traveling case.  Clasped in his left hand is a mala and on his right is a Tibetan dorje.  Not known the implications of these objects or if they signifies some connections.  The zushi seems to be a later addition to preserve the image.


10.5x7x15 in.