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Japanese Tall Antique Lantern with Double Doors and Fine Details
Japan, an early 19th century handsome antique handcrafted bronze lantern- an unusual one- with early design "chain link" hexagonal walls and very nice "double doors. Fine craftsmanship, with very nice decorative details. This particular lantern was authentically used, likely in a temple, and still possesses traces of old washi paper which would have lined the interior. This is the first example in this above average larger size and style we have seen in many years of dealing with fine Japanese lanterns and garden ornaments. Period: Early 19th century, Edo period, 1840 Quality: Crafted from heavy bronze sheet with meticulous details by Japanese specialized artisans over 100 years ago. Fine condition. Good garden candidate- this is an ideal accent with strong presence and scale for a small outdoor or indoor Zen garden. Dimensions: 12 inches tall to top of loop and 8.5 inches diameter Only one. Provenance: Old Japanese Nagoya 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 toro (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. Yukimidoro 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 Manufacture1840
- Materials and Techniques
- WearWear consistent with age and use.
- DimensionsH 12 in. x Dm 8.5 in.H 30.48 cm x Dm 21.59 cm
- Diameter8.5 in. (21.59 cm)
- Seller LocationShelburne, VT
- Reference NumberLU1289213839771
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