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Antique Japanese Bronze Dragon Water Spout from Temple

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Metalwork: Pre 1900: Item # 1341614

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A bronze dragon water spout dating from the late Edo or early Meiji period (mid to later 19th century) in an unusual full body configuration. Most spouts appear climbing over the edge of a basin, and thus only the front of the dragon need be cast. This however writhes across the edge of the basin, the entire body exposed. A pipe extending from the stomach allows the water to be attached. It is 29-1/2 x 11 x 10 inches (75 x 28 x 25 cm). One horn has been repaired and there is some damage where the belly would have touched the stone surface of the water pool typical of age. Dragons are not only the gods of water, therefore a protective deity, but also are considered guardians of Buddhist doctrine, and, like the Buddha mind, are rarely seen in full form.