Japanese Extraordinary Antique Temple Kiku Lantern 250 Yrs Old, Triple Signed
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Japanese Extraordinary Antique Temple Kiku Lantern 250 Yrs Old, Triple Signed

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From our recent Japanese Travels Japan, the best antique bronze temple Kiku chrysanthemum lantern we have had the honor of owning depicting the imperial symbol of the chrysanthemum -Kiku- flower seal kikukamon, used by the Emperor. Dated 1767. Triple signed on bottom: Edo period dated 1767, An Mei Temple signed: En Kouji Temple, Gifu Prefecture where it was displayed Artist-signed: Ryoshu Fine quality: notice the beautiful engraving and superb side panel grills. Dimensions: 18 inches tall and 16 inches diameter An unusual opportunity to own the finest. This is the first of this style we have seen in over fifteen years of dealing with Fine Japanese garden ornaments. Period: Middle Edo dated 1767 Quality: Crafted from heavy bronze sheet with engraved base by Japanese specialized artisans over 250 years ago. Only one. Provenance: Old Japanese Kyoto collection. Many of our customers place oil candles inside the main section making a romantic and enjoyable decorative accent for entertaining friends and family. It's a perfect choice for your indoor or outdoor garden space. Lifetime guarantee of authenticity: All of our Asian works of art come with our Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee. History of Japanese lanterns: In Japan a to¯ro¯ (lantern) is a traditionl 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.    

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  • Place of Origin
  • Date of Manufacture
    1767
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 18 in. x W 16 in. x D 16 in.H 45.72 cm x W 40.64 cm x D 40.64 cm
  • Seller Location
    Shelburne, VT
  • Reference Number
    LU1289215363522
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