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Japanese Cast Bronze Meiji Period Incense Burner



This large scale incense burner was made in the Meiji period in Japanese history. Cast between 1868 and 1900 the censer is topped with a phoenix resting on an open work cloud bordered lid. The body of the censer is cast with foliage, birds and branches meandering around the bulbous form that is then raised up on three legs cast with stylized elephant heads set alternating with lambrequins. The bronze is a rich chocolate brown patina with nice wear and rub-throughs. This period in history for Japan represented an enormous change in the country's daily life and its world relationships. With the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate and thus the Edo Period in 1876 the new emperor's reign and the country's change over from a feudal closed system to a more westernized government produced a completely new outlook on social norms, internal politics, the economy, military rule, and custom as well as foreign relationships. This created a class of people looking for new ways to express themselves, the need for artists to create export wears and for the reinterpretation of crafts once honed to that old closed military system. This is a good example of those wears made for domestic use and decorative western consumption that created a rage in France, England and America helping to usher in the Aesthetics Movement and ultimately a revolution in how fine artists saw the world because of woodblock prints creating the beginnings of the modern movement. Condition Disclosure: While we do our best to carefully inspect and give a full report on the condition of any item we sell, pointing out any repairs or alterations that may have been done to the best of our knowledge, as is the case with any antique and vintage item, there is a possibility that at some point in the life of the piece that there may have been damaged which has been professionally repaired and as such a repair undetectable it is therefore impossible for us to disclose... we recommend that you also read and agree to the 1st dibs user agreement, particularly sections 9,13,15,18,19 and 27


  • Dimensions
    Height: 20.50 in. (52.07 cm)Width: 10 in. (25.4 cm)Depth: 9.50 in. (24.13 cm)
  • Style
    Meiji (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Hudson, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU811312650892

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  • Shipping
    $175 Standard Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 4-6 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Hudson, NY
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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