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Japan Anonymous, Japanese
Bronze Temple Lanterns in Champlevé Enamel, n. d.
Enamel on Bronze
44 3/4 in. x 18 1/4 in. x 18 1/4 in. (113.67 cm x 46.36 cm x 46.36 cm)

Object Type: Cloisonné
Technique: Cast
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Dorothy Adler Routh
Accession Number: 91.8.10.a, b

The object measures 20 1/4 x 9 1/4 x 12 inches at the base, and the "roof" element is 18 1/4" in diameter.

There is a label on the top spike which reads, "5A," but no other marks.

Cast bronze lantern with champlevé enamel.

Object Description
Japanese cast bronze temple lantern, formed in four pieces, in champlevé enamel. The object is resting on a champlevé enameled Fu Dog, which in turn, stands on an enameled base, forming the bottom piece. The Fu Dog base is topped with a round openwork lantern container, above which is a decorative "roof" element and top spike. This entire piece is finished over most of the surface with a natural dark bronze, showing considerable age. The decoration of the champlevé is Japanese in style and superior execution, representing chrysanthemums and mon (crest) emblems. The enamels are in the colors and texture of Ming Chinese pieces.

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