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

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

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Devotional Objects: Pre 1950: Item # 1098273

Please refer to our stock # 10648 when inquiring.
$ 500

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 sevenpoints 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 1950 or a little earlier.
Total length of each: ca. 7 inches.
One triangular ornament bent, but not broken, otherwise excellent condition.

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