Ref. 1805

Pair of Temple Lanterns

Japan – Meiji Era
Circa 1890

Sheet metal, Silk

Height : 80 cm (31,5 in.) ; Sides : 89,5 x 89,5 cm (35,2 x 35,2 in.)


Beautiful pair of large eight-sided pagoda-shaped tsuri-dōrō lanterns, in varnished and gilded engraved sheet metal, with openwork cloud and flower motifs on an orange silk background.
Opening through a side door, they can be suspended or rest on a base thanks to their four feet.

In Japan, tōros are traditional lanterns made of stone, wood or metal, suspended or not, originally used mainly in Buddhist temples where they are aligned and illuminate the paths.
The tōros are divided into several categories, the tsuri-dōrō hanging lanterns are made of metal or wood. Originally introduced from China via Korea during the Nara period, they were initially used in imperial palaces. Usually hung from the eaves of a building, they can also be used in gardens and along the approach (sandō) to a shrine or temple.

Meiji Era

The Meiji era is the historical period of Japan between 1868 and 1912. Inaugurated by the Meiji Restoration, it is between the Keiō era (late Edo period) and the Taishō era. This period symbolizes the end of the policy of voluntary isolation called sakoku and the beginning of a policy of modernization of Japan. The Meiji era is characterized by a shift from the feudal system to a Western-style industrial system. This social, political and cultural upheaval led to various advances in industry, economy, agriculture and trade.

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