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    • #11337
      Garry
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      I believe this to be a simple Chinese tourist bell.
      If my memory serves me, the stork is a good luck bird and the writing in the top probably means good luck / long life or something like that.
      Can anyone translate?

      It looks tinny in the photo but it’s really a pretty thick brass bell on the bottom. Not a cheap one anyway.
      It’s about 4 1/2 inches high by 1 1/2 in diameter.

      It could be Korean too maybe.

      Anyone out there recognize it?

      Thanks
      Garry

    • #15499
      Kazuhisa
      Participant

      Hi Gary,

      The two characters seen on your bell do mean “happiness” and “long life” in Japanese as well. They are pronounced “fuku” and “ju” respectively. The sculped bird is likely to be a crane, I believe. Cranes have been used as a symbol of long life for centuries in Japan. There is an old saying that goes “Cranes live thousand years and turtles ten thousand years.” I have seen wedding kimonos with a beautiful crane embroidery and those characters printed on gift wrappers.

      Kazuhisa

    • #15500
      Garry
      Participant

      Many thanks Kazuhisa!

      So this is a Japanese bell then?

      I appreciate your sharing this information!

      Garry

    • #15498
      Kazuhisa
      Participant

      Unfortunately I am not sure about the origin of your bell. But judging from the characters used on the bell, it could be made in China or Taiwan, or maybe Japan. That’s all I can tell you.

      Kazuhisa

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