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    Sale 11930

    AN INQUIRING MIND: AMERICAN COLLECTING OF JAPANESE AND KOREAN ART

    15 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 7

    A small gilt-bronze bell

    PROBABLY ASUKA PERIOD (7TH CENTURY)

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A small gilt-bronze bell
    Probably Asuka period (7th century)
    The oval bell finely cast and gilded, the bottom with a rectangular aperture revealing a ball inside
    1 ¼ in. (3.2 cm.) long


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    According to an accompanying handwritten note dated 1874, this bell is from Asuka period and a similar bell is known to exist in the collection of Horyuji Temple, Nara. For the similar bells in the collection of Horyuji Temple, see Catalogue of Art Treasures of Ten Great Temples of Nara, volume eleven - The Horyuji Temple Part XI (Tokyo: Otsuka Kogeisha, 1933), pl. 22.

    Provenance

    Enmanji temple, Nara Prefecture by repute
    Otsuki Bankei (1801-1878)


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