Important Cultural Property

Finial of a priest’s staff


Period Kamakura period, 13th century
Materials and techniques Gilt bronze
Size H.19.6


On the summit of the onion-shaped loop handle sits a miniature crown jewel flanked by decorations of pagodas rising above the clouds. Each of the two ends of the loop holds a water pitcher and in between them is a five-storied stupa rising from a lotus seat. This gild bronze head is shiny and beautiful. The shape of the loop handle, details of the ornaments and the well-balanced design on the main axis attest to the excellent art and craft of the Kamakura period.

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