Japanese Bronze Vessel
Circa: 19th Century, Edo
10.5 in.(27cm), W 5.5 in.(14cm), D 5 in.(12.5cm)
vessels were used in rituals and ceremonies in veneration of the ancestors. The
number and size of vessels a person owned reflected their wealth and status. Classic
bronze vessels similar in form may have been used to hold wine for ritual purpose.
The distinctive form of this Japanese vase exemplifies the Chinese Ming bronze
in its preference for flowing contours rather than intricate ornamentation. Thus
the side handles are ingeniously designed as dragon heads with single horns. The
body of the piece bears a smooth, dark patina. Hand-chased borders enclose a rolling
cloud motif and Neolithic pattern that circles the vase.
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