19c Japanese bronze KEMAN Buddhist Temple hanging
Listed Price $495.00
19th century Japanese copper and brass keman in a shape of a rounded fan (uchiwa) with pierced low relief decoration of two phoenixes confronting each other in flight above lotus flowers, buds and leaves rising from a pond, and an elaborate knot in the center. Hanging pendants representing the Wheel of the Buddhist Law and lotus flowers, old glass beads. Keman (from the Sanskrit kusumamālā "Garland of Flowers") is a Buddhist decoration hanging on a beam of the inner sanctuary in front of enshrined Buddha in the main hall of a temple. Beautiful crisp work, the front was lightly oiled before photography to bring out the color, superb quality chasing, the same design is engraved on the back, swinging loop on the top for hanging, great patina. Wonderful devotional object with serious presence. Height of the body 5 1/8 inches, total height from the top of the loop to the end of the longest pendant 13 1/2 inches.
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