Antiques 7-11-09

This is a brass bell from the Heian period, and the  Kyuan period within that, 5th year, here which is the year 1149. The only English reference I could find is here although a little digging would turn up some more.

Hung from the roof in temples such as go ju no to, an example in Horyuji here

The writing says “yorimasa no tame ni hiroyuki kore wo tsukuru or Made for Yorimasa by Hiroyuki.

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