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Antique Japanese Buddhist Temple Brass Lantern, Edo
A beautiful large antique Japanese brass temple lantern dating to the mid-Edo period. Exhibiting superb patina, this is a completely hand crafted lantern with exquisite details. A pair of hinged doors give access to the various candle and oil dishes still present covered in years of wax, oil and dust. The base bears the inscription "Meiwa 7 March = 1770, Tomimura Seshu, Saburo Okanaga". These are probably the names of the temple followers who donated the lantern. The feet and under sections of the eaves have a delicate pattern hammered on them (see detail pictures). Dimensions: 18" x 13". a remarkable find!


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