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Kujaku-Monkei (Buddhist Ritual Gong with Peacock Relief)

Designation National Treasure
Classification Arts and Crafts
Designated Date March 31, 1953
Amount 1
Address  Aza-Koromonoseki,Hiraizumi
Holder Jizo-in
Retainer  
Administrator Chuson-ji
HomePage Hiraizumi's Cultural Heritage

Summary

Katama-size :32.4cm, Gen: 32.5cm, work of Kamakura-period.

Originally it was kept in Senju-do(thousand-armed hall) in Motsu-ji. It had inscription of foundation date etc. but most of the information is illegible now.
It is an ordinary both-sided ritual gong, and the top and the bottom have three wavy lines with cast bronze gilding. The top and the bottom width are both over 30cm and heavily build, the shape is loosely curved.
There is a large graceful shoza(hitting part of gong) in the middle, and a pair of large mold peacock on both sides with casting incision. The both sides of the bell have almost same pattern but the peacock replaced with Hanakuidori(flower eating bird) on the other side.
The structure is noble and sublime.