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Pair of gilt bronze altar decorations, Japan, 20th c.

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Pair of gilt bronze altar decorations, Japan, 20th c.

Two gilt bronze hangings, probably called yoraku, used as Buddhist altar decorations. They are made of a cap in the shape of a lotus leaf. From seven points rows of pierced diamond shaped and triangular metal ornaments are hanging, with glass beads between them, each with two or three bell shaped drops. One string in the middle with at the bottom a larger bell-shaped pendant. Japan, Showa period, probably later 20th century.
Total length of each: ca. 11 inches.
Excellent condition.

These kind of ornaments would be hanging from the corners of a baldachine, or large moveable shrine.

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