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Rare Antique Japanese cast-Iron Lantern Bell Shape

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Rare Antique Japanese cast-Iron Lantern Bell Shape
A beautiful Japanese solid cast-iron lantern in the shape of a temple bell and dating to the Taisho period (1912-1926). Lanterns such as this were traditionally hung under the eaves above the entrance to a Japanese home to provide illumination in the evenings. A chain and hook would pass through the loop on the top of the lantern to allow suspension from the rafters. Beautiful all over pitting giving a difficult to replicate rustic appearance. These types of lanterns are becoming more difficult to find in good condition. They are much sought after by garden designers and landscape architects to give an authentic accent to the many Japanese gardens abroad. The door opens but the hook for the latch has long since disappeared. Dimensions: 9" high x 7" (at widest point).

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