Dōtaku

Dōtaku

銅鐸

AD 100-200

Japan, Yayoi period

(c. 300s BC–AD 200s)

Cast bronze

Overall: 97.8 x 48.9 cm (38 1/2 x 19 1/4 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Arthur St. John Newberry 1916.1102

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The flow of new peoples from Korea to Japan during the Yayoi period brought new technologies of bronze and iron casting. Similarly, the form of the dōtaku, or bronze bell, is thought to have originated in Korea. The original Korean prototypes—stout, thickly cast bells—were transformed in Japan into sculptural forms with sophisticated surface decoration. These dōtaku are often uncovered near burial sites paired with a metal spear or sword nearby, suggesting ceremonial importance.

See also
Collection: 
Japanese Art
Department: 
Japanese Art
Type of artwork: 
Metalwork
Medium: 
Cast bronze

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