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Found three of these on the property that I hunt and I was wondering what they were, thought they were howletzer shells at first but the bottom aint right and that wouldnt have a lid, so any info would be great.
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If you are ever able to identify this, please post what you find out. About 25 years ago my parents found one of these buried in their yard. They were living in the country in Stephens County at that time. We have always wondered what it was. I believe we will learn that the writing is Chinese and not Japanese....but I'm not certain of that.
 

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Those are normally used as sacred herb and incense containers, buy are also used for holding prayers and scrolls. Don't know about the specific markings, but many Asian cultures use them and have for centuries
 

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Old henry you are right they are solid brass except for the chain and the sodering
and ill post what they are if I find out but iv asked antique road show along with a few others and thay didnt know what they were,
 
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