Dotaku Bell with Crossed Bands in Four Divisions

Classification
Archaeolog
Place of production
Japan
Era century
Yayoi Period
Size
Height 20.4 cm
Collector
Kyoto National Museum
Various types of ritual implements were developed during the Yayoi period (ca. 400 B.C.-ca. A.D. 250) for prayers for peace and good harvest for villages. One such implement was the <i>d&ocirc;taku</i> (""bronze bell""). Originally a musical instrument for rituals, <i>d&ocirc;taku</i> began to be made larger for use as ceremonial ornaments. Careful examination of the knobs for passing strings through and the decoration patterns can tell us when and for what reasons these <i>d&ocirc;taku</i> were made.

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