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1st - 3rd century

Cast in two halves in stone molds, this type of bronze bell (dotaku) features flanges at the top and along the sides. Used as ritual objects, dotaku bells do not have clappers. Bronze was more precious than iron, which was more commonly used in Japan at the time.
17 1/2 in. x 15 1/2 x 10 1/8 in. (44.5 x 39.37 x 25.72 cm)
Eugene Fuller Memorial Collection
Now on view at the Asian Art Museum


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "Japanese Art In The Seattle Art Museum", 1960 (1960)

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "A Thousand Cranes: Treasures Of Japanese Art", February 5 - July 12, 1987 (02/05/1987 - 07/12/1987)
Published ReferencesFuller, Richard E. "Japanese Art in the Seattle Art Museum: An Historical Sketch." Seattle, WA: Seattle Art Museum, 1960 ("Presented in commemoration of the Hundredth Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Japan and the United States of America"), no. 18

Seattle Art Museum, Washington, "A Thousand Cranes: Treasures Of Japanese Art", co-publisher Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 1987, pp. 16 - 18, ill. p. 17

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