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The Virgin and Child (the Virgin with Rosary)
The Magic of Japanese Masterpieces
11m 39s

Broadcast on April 12, 2018
Available until March 31, 2029

The brass tablet, called a fumi-e, was made in the 17th century as a tool to expose Christians. It was securely locked in the magistrate’s office to prevent it from becoming an object of worship. How was this brass fumi-e – literally, a treading picture – used? Its story tells much of the social conditions of the time, the lives of the people, and the place of religion in society.

photo The Virgin and Child (the Virgin with Rosary)