Yame Fukushima ButsudanYamefukushima Household Buddhist Altars
The following talk is had for beginning of Yame Fukushima Butsudan. It was in the middle of the Edo era and one armor-back held-flag carpenter had a dream of solemn gorgeous Buddhist temple at a certain night and thought and wanted to be Household Buddhist Altars production for cooperation to person in the same profession.
It is the later about mid-19th century a little more that production technology was established, and this actually becomes source of Household Buddhist Altars production in Kyushu. It developed so as to finish in last years of Edo era, and to count 18 teachers, Rev. metal fittings 14, engraver seven, master craftsman of Buddhist image seven, woodworker ten.
One night in early 19th century, a cabinet maker dreamt about an extremely beautiful, majestic Buddhist building. Inspired by his dream, he enlisted the help of work mates and together they built a Buddhist household altar. This is the story behind the origins of the Yamefukushima Butsudan.
It was not until about the middle of the 19th century, however, that production techniques became established and altar making in Kyushu really got its start. By the end of the Edo period (1600-1868), the craft had developed into a small industry employing 18 finishers, 14 craftsmen making the fittings, seven sculptors, seven sculptors making images of the Buddha and ten specialists preparing the wood needed.
In order to maintain the quality and particular character of the Yamefukushima Butsudan, almost all of the work is done by hand using materials that have traditionally been used since before the Edo period. Large areas of the altar are gilded, bringing out its best features.
|Industrial art object name
||Yame Fukushima Butsudan
||Stop and blow
|Classification of industrial art object
||Household Buddhist Altars and Fittings
||Gold Household Buddhist Altars
|Main production area
||Fukuoka / Yame-shi, Kurume-shi, Chikugo-shi, Miyama-shi, Kurogimachi, Yame-gun, Hirokawa-machi, Tachibanacho, Yabe-mura, Hoshinomura
|The designation date
||March 30, 1977
■local production associations
Yame Fukushima Butsudan Household Buddhist Fittings cooperative association
2-123-2, Motomachi, Yame-shi, Fukuoka
The Yame Traditional Craft building
■Associated exhibit space, facility
As for the materials, most are handmade using thing which has been always used traditionally in the Edo era to keep quality and characteristic of Yame Fukushima Butsudan. Gold leaf is given generally and makes use of characteristic of Household Buddhist Altars .
Most parts used in Yame Fukushima Butsudan are handmade and remains unchanged from what has been used before Edo period, to maintain the quality and the taste of the altar. Its characteristic feature is the gold leaf applied almost entirely to the altar.
How to make
Process is divided into sculpture processing, metal fittings processing, painting processing, lacquer work processing and total assembling, and the number of steps rises to more than 80. Except bare wood, palace (eat we do not appear), some woodwork sections of sculpture, most are hand processing.
There are more than 80 steps in total in seven sections to create an altar: engraving, metal fitting, painting, lacquering and assembly. Most parts, except a few in wood sculpture, Kuden and the wooden base, are handcrafted.
Voice from production center
As we use pure gold even if gold leaf is dark with soot of candle and incense stick after long time, we become beautiful if we do soot washing.