Vintage Brass Pagoda detailed and charming this petite Pagoda features a moving gong. An irresistable addition to your Chinoiserie Collection.
Condition appropriate for age and use, just the right amount of patina adds character.
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DIMENSIONS: 5.25"H x 4" W x 1.5" D
CIRCA: Mid 20th Century
FACTS & HISTORY: Pagodas are Buddhist towers developed from Buddhist stupas, with the first pagoda building in China during the first century. Explore the historical evolution of pagodas in China, characteristics of the style, and famous pagoda examples.
The history of the Chinese pagoda actually begins in ancient India with the death of the Buddha in the 5th century BCE. At this time, stupas were beginning construction to house the holy artifacts of the Buddha's body. These dome-shaped, stone structures were built throughout India, and as Buddhism spread, so did these ceremonial buildings, which came to symbolize the growing popularity of the religion.
It was the stupa that eventually became the tiered tower with many roofs that we think of today. Since it was a new building type in China, a new Chinese character was created, ta, which means Buddhist tower or pagoda.