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Pair Japanese Bronze Pagoda Temple Lanterns, Taisho Period, circa 1920, Japan

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An elegant pair of Japanese cast and lacquered bronze pagoda lanterns, Taisho Period, circa 1920, Japan. The lanterns a true pair, with mirrored decorations and lantern doors opening in opposite directions. The lanterns of traditional toro form, cast in bronze, and lacquered. Each lantern comprised of three parts - the "roof", the "fire box", and the pedestal. This type of pedestal lantern is called a dai-doro, as opposed to the hanging lantern type, tsuri-doro. The hexagonal roof of the lantern, reminiscent of temples or pagodas, features a wonderful, dense cloud pattern with three heart-shaped cutouts, known as inome, or boar's eye. The roof topped by a hoju, the Buddhist flaming Jewel of Wisdom. Each of the six corners feature a fantastic shachihoko, mythical beasts with the face of a tiger and body of a fish. Bells are suspended from the shachihoko. The globular body of the lantern features four pierced panels with the three leaf hollyhock mon of the Tokugawa clan surrounded by a karakusa pattern of scrolling vines. One panel serving as a hinged door with a lock stylized as the Three Jewels. The tall pedestal with more fantastic animals. The upper part features a band of dragons. Another large dragon warps himself around the pillar, grasping the pearl of wisdom. Under him minogame, turtles with long tails, swim happily. Finally, around the base of the pedestal are a band of leaping buddhistic lions, shishi. The bronze of a wonderful copper brown with a clear lacquer finish. The undersides and interiors with museum collection numbers. Provenance: The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York, from the personal collection of its founder, Margaret Woodbury Strong (1897-1969).
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 18.25 in (46.36 cm)Diameter: 8.75 in (22.23 cm)
  • Sold As:
    Set of 2
  • Style:
    Taisho (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques:
    Bronze,Cast,Lacquered
  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    circa 1920
  • Condition:
    Repaired: One bell on each lantern re-attached. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor structural damages. Minor fading. Some light scratching and loss to the lacquer finish, as seen in photos. Some of the bells re-attached.
  • Seller Location:
    Austin, TX
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU894733644432
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