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Massive Japanese Meiji Period Bronze Vase, Late 19th Century, Japan

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A very large Meiji period bronze vase, possibly for temple use, with high relief design and elephant head handles, late 19th century, Japan. Of baluster form and unusual size, yet still retaining elegant proportions, the lobed body rising from a splayed lotus pedestal foot, and surmounted by a short neck with a finely cast band of chrysanthemum flowers in various stages of bloom. Two large elephant mask handles adorn either side of the body. A scene of paired birds perched on blossoming peony branches cast in high relief decorates either side of the vase. The interior base set with a silvered bronze mirror featuring a traditional design of cranes and pine, along with a large two large characters, and a lengthy inscription. The bronze displays a rich, reddish brown, chocolaty patina. The vase was previously used as a pedestal base for a center table and would be suitable for such use again. Ex. Christie's, 2013.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 25 in. (63.5 cm)Diameter: 24 in. (60.96 cm)
  • Style
    Meiji (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor structural damages. The neck is detached (probably from someone trying to lift the vase by the neck), but still fits snugly in place.
  • Seller Location
    Austin, TX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU89475087103

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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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