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Gilt bronze plaque, dragons and tama, Japan, Edo period

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Gilt bronze plaque, dragons and tama, Japan, Edo period

Gilded bronze plaque in the shape of two mighty celestial dragons whirling around a flaming jewel in the clouds. The dragons chased in high relief with excellent details, the background decorated in nanako, the tama in red copper with traces of gilding mounted into the middle of the plaque. The whole mounted on a bronze back plate with two eyelets for hanging. Probably used as a temple decoration. Japan, mid Edo period.
Width 9 inches (23.5 cm), height 8 inches (20.9 cm).
Tama rubbed and slightly dented, green corrosion in the gold, excellent condition.

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