Japanese Antique Metal Lantern, Ryūmai Tsuridōrō
Metal lanterns are seen as sacred light sources in Japan. They are very often used in Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines all over the country. But also, in regular houses, in the garden or even indoors, authentic metal lanterns bring a one-of-a-kind soothing atmosphere. The light inside the lantern can be arranged in multiple ways, a candle or lightbulb for example. It is common to hang a metal lantern from the ceiling or the wall. Because of this the name in Japanese is Tsuridōrō (釣り灯籠), which roughly translates to hanging lantern. Of course, the lantern can also be beautifully put on display on the floor or a cabinet of some sort. Altogether this means that a Tsuridōrō is a multifunctional ornament with many marvelous options for variety.
This very beautiful Tsuridōrō has a very authentic shape and appearance. The carvings on and around the gridwork are a prime example of traditional Japanese craftsmanship. The handle at the top of the lantern is carved like two dragons comming together. This symbolism was the inspiration behind the name Ryūmai (龍舞), which is Japanese for dragon dance.
• Origin: Nagoya, Aichi prefecture
• Material: Cast iron
• Age: Shōwa Period
• Condition: Good, a few hangers are missing
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|2301-0039||21 cm||21 cm||39 cm||Eur 1100.00|