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Japan, an unusual hand cast ringing lantern or wind chime in the form of a Japanese mountain tea house that may be suspended in your favorite indoor or outdoor space. This is only the second example of this larger scale early 150 year old style we have seen in over fifteen years of dealing with Fine Japanese garden ornaments. Unique features: side wall cutout are actually called kamon, or family clan symbols- rare depictions seldom seen on these old lanterns. Dimensions: 5.5 inches tall with hanger and 6 inches wide- a hefty example Period: Early , Edo period, circa 1840. Quality: Beautiful old world craftsmanship detail especially the roof lines, original old patina from gently wear over the past 150+ years Good garden candidate- this is an ideal accent size for a small outdoor or indoor Zen garden. Only one. Provenance: Old Central 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 to¯ro¯ (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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  • Date of Manufacture
    1840
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 5.5 in. x W 6 in. x D 5.5 in.H 13.97 cm x W 15.24 cm x D 13.97 cm
  • Seller Location
    Shelburne, VT
  • Reference Number
    LU1289213630252
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