Dotaku (Bell-shaped bronze), Crossed band design

Yayoi period, 2nd-1st century BC

Tokyo National Museum

Tokyo National Museum
Tokyo, Japan

The handle, body and fins of dotaku are decorated with a variety of designs. The keynote motifs of this dotaku are the saw-tooth, diagonal latticework and whirlpool patterns. Dotaku motifs are also commonly found on ceremonial earthenware or wooden artifacts and are said to have religious significance.


  • Title: Dotaku (Bell-shaped bronze), Crossed band design
  • Date Created: Yayoi period, 2nd-1st century BC
  • Physical Dimensions: h475 mm
  • Object Title: 袈裟襷文銅鐸
  • Object Notes(Japanese): 一般的に銅鐸は吊り手や身、身の左右につく鰭をさまざまな文様で飾る。本例は各部を鋸歯文と斜格子文、そして渦文を基調として飾られている。銅鐸に描かれる文様は儀礼用と考えられる土器や木器とも共通するものが多く、神聖な意味をもつともいわれている。
  • Object Date: 弥生時代(中期)・前2~前1世紀
  • Excavation: 兵庫県神戸市東灘区渦森台出土, Uzumoridai, Higashi Nada-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
  • Type: Archaeology

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