Lantern

Cultural property designation
Important Cultural P
Classification
Metalwork
Place of production
Japan
Era century
Kamakura Period
Size
69.8 cm 54 cm
Collector
Kyoto National Museum
The sides of this large, hexagonal lantern are decorated with openwork designs of linked jewels, pine-bark diamonds, linked tortoise-shells, Sanskrit characters and a pair of Kongo Rikishi (Vajra-pani) on the door. From the openwork inscription, it is known to be the oldest, dated hanging lantern. It was made by Sadasumi of Owari Province, and was formerly owned by Choryoji temple in Hakusan. Its archaic form and the exquisite, detailed craftsmanship of its decorative designs are representative of Kamakura-period metalwork.

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