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[AC] Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; [HC] Hampshire College Art Gallery;
[HD] Historic Deerfield; [MH] Mount Holyoke College Art Museum; [MH SK] The Joseph Allen Skinner Museum at Mount Holyoke College; [SC] Smith College Museum of Art; [UM] University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst

 


Maker(s):Unknown
Culture:Japanese
Title:Inari shrine model
Date Made:late 19th or cearly 20th century
Type:Ceremonial
Materials:Keyaki wood
Place Made:Asia; Japan; Mito
Accession Number:  MH SK 2006.2064.INV
Credit Line:Joseph Allen Skinner Museum, Mount Holyoke College
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Description:
Model of an Inari Shrine erected in Mito, Japan in 1839. High peaked sloping roof, with an entrance on one side, framed by double doors. Steep steps lead up to it. A keyhole is on one of the doors, and one of the banisters is broken. Elaborate porch around three sides of the door. Given by Herbert Nicholson to Mary I. Hussey in December of 1936

Label Text:
In 1839 a Shinto Inari shrine was erected in Mito, Japan. This shrine was demolished in the early 20th century to make way for a Quaker meeting house. In an attempt to honor the shrine, the Quakers commissioned local woodworkers to construct a model of the structure using the same keyaki wood as the original. The model was later given to Mary Inda Hussey, Biblical History and Literature Professor at Mount Holyoke College, who in turn donated the object to the College to use in teaching foreign religions. Eventually the model found a home at the Skinner Museum. Elements of the original shrine were preserved with the model including this dedication plaque, which reads as follows.

(from right to left)
An Offering

(from right to left, top to bottom)
Made in the twenty-second year of the Meiji Period [1889]
On an auspicious day of the twelfth month
or the Inari Shrine
By the worshiper Ogawa Nobuko

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