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Japanese Large Old "Mountain Minka Cabin" Lantern and Wind Chime

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Japan, an unusual hand cast iron ringing lantern or wind chime in the form of a Japanese mountain minka cabin that may be suspended in your favourite indoor or outdoor space. It comes with a delightful gilt bronze hanging bell depicting a Buddha and mountain imagery. It possesses beautiful roof details of flowers and vines and is signed under its classical roof. This is only the second example of this larger scale style we have seen in over fifteen years of dealing with Fine Japanese garden ornaments. Dimensions: 10.5 inches tall with hanger and 7 inches square- a hefty example Period: Taisho period (1912-1926). Quality: The lantern is high quality craftsmanship; the bell is gilt bronze with effigies of a Buddha and mountains. Both with original patina from appropriate age Good garden or indoor candidate- this is an ideal accent size for a small indoor space or outdoor 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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  • Place of Origin
  • Date of Manufacture
    1915
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 10.5 in. x W 7 in. x D 7 in.H 26.67 cm x W 17.78 cm x D 17.78 cm
  • Seller Location
    Shelburne, VT
  • Reference Number
    LU1289217735061
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