Heavy bronze temple bell
Price: € 1.350,00
Large, heavy bronze temple bell 梵鐘 (bonshô) of traditional shape with a nice green patina.
The handle at the top 竜頭 (ryûzu) in the shape of two mirrored dragon heads in great detail. The distinctly formed bosses 乳 (chi) around the upper part of the bell are set in three rows of three. A band at the bottom with an embossed scrolling foliage design.
The cartouches with inscriptions by the commissioner(s). Of which one is dated ‘Bunka 4’ 文化四年, Anno 1807.
Height 52 cm, Diameter 31 cm.
Weight 19.1 kg.
In a good condition with minimal traces of wear conform age and an interesting old restoration. Two places of restored bronze, both approx.. 4 cm, just above a row of bosses, and one bears kanji (characters) reading 大上. It still has an appealing echoing sound when struck, but with a slight metallic ring due to the restoration. Please look at the photos for a condition reference.
When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.