Pair of Japanese Hanging Lanterns #1429360

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Material: Bronze
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Age: Meiji Period 1868 - 1912

Antique Japanese pair of copper and bronze tsuri-dōrō, hanging lanterns. These lanterns were hung under the eaves of a Buddhist temple to help light the way. Made with the traditional 5 structural elements. The hōshu (jewel), onion shaped finial, has a large handle for hanging. The kasa (umbrella) is made with six upturned petals and is decorated with an incised cloud motif. The hibukuro (fire box) is made in hexagonal form and has pierced metal decorations which have been papered so that light will shine though. Though intended to hang, they can stand on their six feet. Incised markings on the very bottom. Originally made to be used with candles, these lanterns were later outfitted for electricity but then converted back.

Dimensions: 15 1/2" high x 13" wide (7" wide in middle)