Cast iron pagoda

Price:  330,00

A nice, tall rustic oxidized cast iron okimono 置物 shaped like a 5-storied pagoda 塔 (tô) on a raised platform, with each corner adorned with a bell-shaped ornament. This particular piece has been used as a garden ornament, giving it an attractive rustic appeal.

Dimensions:
Height 79 cm, Width 20 cm, Depth 22 cm.

Period: Japan – Mid-/Late-Shôwa period (Mid-/Late-20th century).

It is in good original condition with some remnants of the original patina. The point is slightly askew backwards, and can be removed. Two bell-shaped ornament not present. Please refer to the photos for a condition reference.

Pagodas in Japan are called tō (塔, lit. pagoda), sometimes buttō (仏塔, lit. Buddhist pagoda) or tōba (塔婆, lit. pagoda) and historically derive from the Chinese pagoda, itself an interpretation of the Indian stupa. Like the stupa, pagodas were originally used as reliquaries but in many cases they ended up losing this function. Pagodas are quintessentially Buddhist and an important component of Japanese Buddhist temple compounds, and they are not rare at shrines either.

Ref. No. : C3108

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