Lot 26: A RARE CAST IRON CRUCIFIX WITH BUDDHA, FUMI-E
December 8, 2016
Prague 1, Czech RepublicLive Auction
During the Edo period, the religious authorities of the Tokugawa shogunate required those suspected of being "hidden" Christians to step on crosses such as these in order to prove they were indeed not Christians. Those who refused were tortured or killed.
Japan, Edo Period (early 19th century). Height 24 cm.