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Bell of Two Friends, Dotaku (Japanese Bell)
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member meralgia
N 44° 59.105 W 093° 15.693
15T E 479380 N 4981326
Quick Description: A very interesting (but not very interesting-sounding) bell on Nicollet Island in Minneapolis, MN
Location: Minnesota, United States
Date Posted: 8/1/2008 10:53:32 PM
Waymark Code: WM4BDZ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member tiki-4
Views: 76

Long Description:
As mentioned on plaque: Dokatu: This sculpture represents a greatly enlarged half-mold of a dotaku bell found in Ibaraki, Japan. Such bells date to the Yayoi period of Japanese history, approximately 2,000 years ago. The exact purpose of Dotaku bells is lost to history, but it is felt that they were largely ceremonial, rather than functional. The surface design of the bell suggests the importance of the ever-present waters and mountains of Japan. (Artist: Karen Sontag-Sattel, 2001)

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