About this objectOne of the oldest extant temple bells in Japan, this bell, still hanging in Kanzeonji in Fukuoka in the south of Japan, was cast locally using the same mold as another extant bell in Myōshinji (妙心寺) in Kyoto. The latter remains in use today. Like most temple bells, this one hangs inside a dedicated building or tower called a shōrō (鐘楼) and was struck on the outside to mark the time and to call monks to Buddhist ceremonies.
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Subject and Association DescriptionLearn More: Gill 2010; Malm 2000.