Heavy bronze temple bell 梵鐘 (bonshô)

Price:  1.600,00

Heavy bronze temple bell 梵鐘 (bonshô) of traditional shape with an appealing echoing sound when struck. Its surface is a rich brown, complemented by a hint of light green aged patina.

At the top, the handle 竜頭 (ryûzu) is crafted in the form of two mirrored dragon heads. Around the upper portion of the bell, the pronounced bosses 乳 (chi) are arranged in three rows of four. Surrounded by embossed cartouches with a flower-shaped striking panel 撞座 (tsuki’za).

One of the cartouches with a dated inscription by the commissioner(s). Dated: ‘December, Shôwa 21’, 昭和二十一年十二月, Anno 1946. It also includes a reference to the location for which the bell was specifically commissioned: ‘Shiroyama dôjô’ 城山道場.

Dimensions:
Height 58.5 cm, Diameter 33.5 cm.
Weight 24 kg.

In a very good original condition. The beautiful patina and some colour-variations are a sign that this bell has actually hung outside the temple for quite some time (and thus has been used functionally). Please look at the photos for a condition reference.

When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.

Ref. No. : C2275

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