A best find from our recent Japanese Acquisitions
Japanese large, substantial antique solid cast bronze temple bell Bonsho with beautiful original handsome patina from age. Undoubtedly commissioned for donation to their family temple or shrine. The rarely found inscription on three of its side panels explain its history in great detail of this Buddhist bronze bell.
Cast over sixty five years ago- it is cast in solid bronze in a larger than normal scale.
Please note its truly amazing blue verdigris patina and wonderful top facial loop.
This temple bell Bonsho was sourced from an old Japanese Nagoya collection this year.
This bell possesses an original dark green patina carefully originating from years of use, just the way we like to find them.
Dimensions: Big, bell is 19.5 inches tall and 11 inches wide
Pleasing bold resonating sound.
We will include a complimentary heavy duty striker as well (photo)
Quality: Heavily cast with thick walls, fine patina, old and original surface casting marks are visible which is not unusual for these instruments
This bell is a hard to find in this size; most found today are much smaller in scale.
Photographed in natural day light.
History of Japan’s temple bells:
Rather than containing a clapper, -bonsho- is struck from the outside, using either a handheld mallet or a beam suspended on ropes.
Antique Japanese bronze temple bells have a handle of dragon heads called ryuzu, protrusions called chi chi or nyu and to improve resonance of sound, protruding, tsuki-za, striking panels and in some instances possess a mei-bun inscription of the bell’s history.
Bonsho or Buddhist bells known as tsurigane (hanging bells) or great bells are large bells found in Buddhist temples throughout Japan, used to summon the monks to prayer. The Genroku period in Japanese history, is an era from 1688-1704, and characterized by a rapidly expanding commercial economy and the development of a vibrant urban culture centred in the cities of Kyoto, Osaka, and Edo (Tokyo).
Lifetime guarantee of authenticity: All of our Asian works of art come with our lifetime authenticity guarantee.
Our gallery based in Newport, Rhode Island USA has been dealing in authentic Pre-columbian, Japanese and fine Asian art, garden ornaments, lanterns and water basins for 25 years. Our president personally travels across America as well as Japan and Europe each year to meet his network partners who assist him in finding best examples. He personally inspects each antique work of art to ensure its old age, authenticity and quality condition.
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