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Japanese Big Antique Bronze Bell with Period Signature, Bold Sound

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A best find from our recent Japanese Kyoto Travels Japanese large, substantial antique solid cast bronze temple bell Bonsho with beautiful deep brown and handsome patina from great age. Signed in honor of a caring donor whose family undoubtedly commissioned this great bell for donation to their family temple or shrine. Dating to the late Meiji period, It is cast in solid bronze in a larger than normal scale. This temple bell Bonsho was sourced from an old Japanese Kyoto collection earlier this year. This bell possesses an original green patina carefully originating from over 100 years of use, just the way we like to find them. Dimensions: Big, bell is 21 inches tall and 11 inches wide We will include a complimentary striker as well (photo) Quality: heavily cast with thick walls, fine patina, old and original surface casting marks are visible which is not unusual for these instruments This bell is a hard to find in this size; most found today are much smaller in scale. Photographed in natural day light. History of Japan's temple bells: Rather than containing a clapper, -bonsho- is struck from the outside, using either a handheld mallet or a beam suspended on ropes. Antique Japanese bronze temple bells have a handle of dragon heads called ryuzu, protrusions called chi chi or nyu and to improve resonance of sound, protruding, tsuki-za, striking panels and in some instances possess a mei-bun inscription of the bell's history. Bonsho or 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. The Genroku period in Japanese history, is an era from 1688-1704, and characterized by a rapidly expanding commercial economy and the development of a vibrant urban culture centred in the cities of Kyoto, Osaka, and Edo (Tokyo). Lifetime guarantee of authenticity: All of our Asian works of art come with our lifetime authenticity guarantee.   

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  • Of the Period
  • Place of Origin
  • Date of Manufacture
    19th Century
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 21 in. x Dm 11 in.H 53.34 cm x Dm 27.94 cm
  • Diameter
    11 in. (27.94 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Shelburne, VT
  • Reference Number
    LU1289215102131
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