Japanese Bronze Torii Gate Okimono | Meiji Period


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    Beautifully sculpted Japanese Meiji period Torii gate Okimono. The sculpture made from solid bronze with a beautiful patination throughout dating to the Meiji period 1868-1912 circa 1890. The gate of traditional form representing the Matsuo Shrine in Kyoto. The characters read 松尾神社 translated directly to Matsuo Shrine.

    Notes | The Torii gate okimono was crafted after the famous Torii gate which is found in the Arashiyama district in Kyoto. It houses Matsuno’o Taisha (Matsunoo Taisha 松尾大社) one of the oldest shinto shrines in Kyoto dating to 701, approximately 100 years before the city of Kyoto. It boarders the mountains and has a distinct main hall dating to 1397 which is also one of the oldest buildings in the city of Tokyo. The shrine’s spring is famous for its restorative properties and sake and miso producer’s patron the shrine with their particular industries relying on the pure water to survive. The distinct giant Torri gate stands at 14 meters tall alluding to its significance in the city. Three beautiful gardens can also be found on site designed by Shigemori Mire, a sacred waterfall and exceptional scenery amongst hundreds of turtles.

    Measurements | 18.5cm High x 19cm Wide x 4.5cm Deep (7.3 x 7.5 x 1.7 Inches)

    Condition | Excellent, general wear and patina consistent with age.