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Antique Very Large Buddhist Temple MOKUGYO

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Religious Artifacts: Buddhist: Pre 1900: Item # 1462674

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This is a very large, very seldom seen, antique, Buddhist Temple Mokugyo. A Mokugyo is a wooden percussion instruments that is used by monks at Buddhist Temples (in Japan, China and Korea) during Buddhist ceremonies that involve the recitation of sutras or mantras to maintain rhythm during chanting. It is made from mostly KUSU (Camphor) wood. For large temple Mokugyos such as this one, the wood must be at least 100-years old. This is the size of Mokugyos used in Buddhist Temples (photo 11) or Buddhist ceremonies (photo 12) The making of a Mokugyo takes a long time. Once a large piece of wood is cut to make a Mokugyo of this size, it must be dried for 3 to 5 years. The external carving of the wood takes about six months, then a few more months to hollow it out the bulbous cavity that makes up the sounding block and the cavity ridge around its base. On this Mokugyo, the Dragon heads are rendered in perfect symmetry with deeply carved fish scales on both sides of the drum. The front side is inscribed with the kanji 玉鱗 that means "Jade Scale". There are three lines of inscriptions, incised in red, on the back side of the drum. The "mokugyo no bo" or Mallet used to bong the fish drum is 24 inches in length, and it is as old as the instrument. This very rarely seen on sale Mokugyo is in excellent condition. Mokugyo Measurements Length (Tall): 26 inches (66cm) Width (bulbous cavity): 22 inches (56cm) Width (Dragon heads): 20 inches (51cm) Diameter (bottom of Cavity): 68 inches (172cm) Weight: 52 lbs