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Pair of Japanese Edo Period Parcel-Gilt Bronze Dragon Vases, Early 19th Century

$1,900per set
$2,800per set32% Off


A pair of well cast and dramatic Japanese parcel gilt bronze dragon vases, Edo period, early 19th century. The heavy bronze vases of pear shape, each with a single writhing dragon cast in high relief dancing in the clouds. Under the dragons, swallows dart in and out of the crashing waves. The fierce dragons face each other, one with its mouth open, the other with its mouth close, in reference to the Japanese Buddhist concept of A-un, symbolizing the beginning and the end, and encompassing everything in between, akin to the Greek concept of Alpha-Omega. The bronze of deep chocolate color with a rich patina with areas of bright parcel gilding.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 8.5 in. (21.59 cm)Diameter: 5 in. (12.7 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Edo (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1820
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Both vases with minor casting flaws as seen in photos. One vase with a slight dent to the foot rim, the base plate of the same vase slightly askew, as seen in photos.
  • Seller Location
    Austin, TX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU894710302583

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    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 3-5 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Austin, TX
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

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About the Seller
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Located in Austin, TX

Founded in 2001, Lotus Gallery offers a carefully curated selection of furniture, jewelry, sculpture and works of art spanning millennia, continents and cultures. Although it seeks out beauty in all its forms, they specialize in Asian antiquities, especially Chinese pieces from the Han and Tang dynasties and chinoiserie. Based in Austi...

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