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Monumental Japanese Bronze Temple Bell Bonsho

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Bronze: Pre 1920: Item # 1427600
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An incredible monumental Japanese solid cast bronze Peace Bell custom iron stand with clapper. Inscription with dated, location and donor of bell. Bell is in excellent original condition with no repairs or damage. The sound is absolutely stunning lasts for a very long time 世話人 Sponsors (or Caretakers)
[7 names]
高岡市 鋳物師 老子次右 Takaoka City Caster: Oigo Ji[emon] context seems likely to refer to 衛門, as part of the name Oigo Jiemon, a famous caster of temple bells from Toyama Prefecture]
貴任役員 Officials with Higher Duties 南無妙法蓮華経 Namu Myōhō Renge Kyō “Homage to the Lotus Sutra”
施主 Donor (or Chief Mourner) 東大阪市高井田西一丁目 三十五番地 1-chōme-35 Takaida-Nishi, Higashi-Osaka City
設立 者 主管 Founder Supervisor
川北金龍清 Kawakita [surname] characters are related to the affiliation of the temple & its head priest, whose surname is Kawakita]
八十八歳 88 years of age
昭和四十八年一月 吉祥日 建立 Constructed: Auspicious day January, Shōwa 48
金竜山三清妙法院 Kinryū-san Sansei Myōhō-in [Sansei Myōhō-in is the name of the temple:
開運 楠高黒龍王大権現 Bringer of good fortune: [楠高黒龍王大権現 is the name of a gongen deity: and references a black nāga in its name
神通自在開運 白長龍王大権現 Supernaturally omnipotent bringer of good fortune: [The name is again of a gongen; roughly translatable as “White Long Dragon-King Great-Incarnation”]
開運 三王大権現 Bringer of good fortune: [San’nō Dai-gongen; roughly “Three-Kings Great-Incarnation”, another gongen name

Size: 52"H bell