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Japanese Antique Bronze Temple Bell Buddhist Bonsho

Japanese Antique Bronze Temple Bell Buddhist Bonsho

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Metalwork: Pre 1900: Item # 1460167
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An antique Japanese bronze Buddhist temple bell called Bonsho with a carrying handle depicting diverging dragon heads called Ryuzu. The upper protrusions called Chi or Nyu improves the resonance of the sound when struck. Two opposing striking panels called Tsuki-za is the point on the bell where the best and longest sound is achieved. A bell of this size was hung in a small temple to summon the monks to prayer.

Age: Edo Period (1800-1850)

Dimensions: 17 1/2" High by 11" Diameter