Bronze Japanese lantern
Price: € 1.550,00
A large dark brown patinated bronze Japanese lantern 灯籠 (tôrô) in four parts. The pagoda-shaped top crowned by a hôju 宝珠 (sacred jewel) and fitted with dragonhead-shaped points hung with bells. The body with an openwork mokkô design, and fitted with a hinged door.
Set on an ornamental piece with an embossed band with a scrolling lotus design. Placed on a bulging base with three feet connected by a low cylindrical pedestal.
The shape of the lantern symbolize the 4 elements: The bottom-most piece, 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. Fū (air) and kū (void or spirit) are represented by the top section.
Taishô period/ early Shôwa period.
Originally held a small dish for an oil lamp.
Height 107 cm, Diameter 41 cm.
Weight: 12.6 kg.
In a very good condition with general traces of age and wear. Two bells of different shape. Please look at the photos for a condition reference.