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Japan Big Tea House "Heart Motif" Bronze Garden Lantern, 100 Years Old
From our recent Japanese acquisitions travels Handsome large 21" tall antique bronze lantern find, signed by donors and dedication. Good indoor or outdoor choice This solid heart motif form bronze lantern may be suspended by its sturdy hand wrought top loop or installed on its stable round base. Warm patina from appropriate age Signed by donor with dedication which we might expect because of its quality craftsmenship Superb garden and collector work of art. May be either suspended in your favorite indoor or outdoor space., or comfortably set upon a favorite table or garden surface. Aperture side opening allows you to add candle lioghts or possibly an electrical fixture if you so choose. A good old example dating to the late Meiji period, 1910. Dimensions: 21 inches tall and 13 inches diameter. Fine quality. Good garden candidate, this is an ideal accent size for a small outdoor or indoor tea and zen garden. Only one. Provenance: Old Northern Japanese Collection. Lifetime guarantee of authenticity. All our Asian works of art are accompanied by our lifetime guarantee of authenticity. History of Japanese lanterns: In Japan a toro (lantern) is a traditional lantern made of stone, wood, or metal. Like many other elements of Japanese traditional architecture, it originated in China. In Japan, to¯ro¯ were originally used only in Buddhist temples, where they lined and illuminated paths and lighted lanterns were then considered an offering. In its complete, original form the lantern represents five elements of Buddhist cosmology: Bottom touching the ground, represents chi, the earth, the next section represents sui, or water, ka or fire, is represented by the section encasing the lantern's light or flame, while fu¯ (air) and ku¯ (void or spirit) are represented by the last two sections, top-most and pointing towards the sky. These last two sections express the idea that after death our physical bodies will go back to their original, elemental form. Yukimi-do¯ro¯ or legged lanterns have as a base not a post but curved legs and a wide umbrella with a finial. Relatively low, they are used exclusively in gardens and the traditional placement is near water. The umbrella can be round or have from three to eight sides, while the fire box is usually hexagonal. Yu-loosley translated means water reflection. It was probably developed during the Momoyama period, but the oldest extant examples, found at the Katsura Villa in Kyoto, go back only to the early Edo period (17th century).
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- Place of Origin
- Date of ManufactureEarly 20th Century
- Materials and TechniquesCastBronze
- WearWear consistent with age and use.
- DimensionsH 21 in. x Dm 13 in.H 53.34 cm x Dm 33.02 cm
- Diameter13 in. (33.02 cm)
- Seller LocationShelburne, VT
- Reference NumberLU1289215358102
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