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Antique Japanese Cast-Iron Lantern Rhombus, Taisho

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Antique Japanese Cast-Iron Lantern Rhombus, Taisho
An unusual antique Japanese solid cast-iron lantern dating to the Taisho period (1912-1926). Although appearing square, the lantern is in fact a rhombus shape when viewed from above. The circular door and catch are in good working order. The sides are decorated with a beautiful pierced bamboo design. 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. Dimensions: 10" high x 11" x 14" (at widest point).

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