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Japanese Antique Hand Cast Bronze Temple Bell "Dragon"



Bold dragon motif Here's a rare treasure from Japan and an unusual find- plus an excellent candidate to accent your indoor or outdoor garden space. This is an unusual bronze cast temple bell complete featuring unusual motifs of an impressive writhing dragon finial and huge dragon fashioned in high relief on the side of the bell. This bell was sourced from an old Southern Japan collection and were one of a small group of these rare bells de-accessioned by a Southern Japanese temple community. It dates to the Taisho period and displays a fine patina. This fine bell comes complete with a wood striker and when struck emits a pleasant resonating sound guaranteed to please you! These bells were often commissioned by wealthy families and donated as sacred gifts to temples and shrines on behalf of their family or in honor of a special family member. They may have also been used for utilitarian purposes such as summoning family members in private homes. This bell possesses a beautiful original old patina which supports and highlights its generations of temple life. Dimensions: Large 7 inches tall from top of bell to the bottom and 5 inches diameter. Notice the original authentic patina inside the bottom appropriate to its age. Tone: When gently struck it gives a pleasant ring. History of Japan's temple bells: Buddhist bells known as tsurigane (hanging bells) or great bells are large bells found in Buddhist temples throughout Japan, used to summon the monks to prayer. Smaller bells are also used for other utilitarian purposes such as summoning for a meal. Lifetime guarantee of authenticity. All our Asian works of art are accompanied by our lifetime guarantee of authenticity


  • Dimensions
    Height: 7 in. (17.78 cm)Diameter: 5 in. (12.7 cm)
  • Style
    Taisho (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    Early 20th Century
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Shelburne, VT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1289221429282

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    $110 Standard Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 4-6 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Newport, RI
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

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