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All Items: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Metalwork: Pre 1920: item # 1169637

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Antique Pair of Cast Bronze Buddhist Altar Vases
The Art and Orchid Gallery's pair of small bronze vases were made in Japan during the Meiji Period either for personal Buddhist altar use or for export. The Japanese do not make anything in pairs including vases for their personal use, except for Buddhist rituals.[3AA, 168B] During the Edo Period (1615-1868) metalwork crafters were employed by the Shogunate and the Feudal Lords. With the Meiji Restoration these crafters lost their patrons. Some metal crafters changed their profession, while others changed their manufacture to vases and other metal goods (plaques, cigarette boxes, cuff links, etc.) for foreign consumption.[113F] Commodore Perry of U.S. Navy forced an American-Japanese trading agreement in 1854. Soon, European countries followed with their trade treaties and Japan was open to world trade.[168B] While our vases seem to be an export item, because of their decorative appearance, the Japanese Buddhist temple ceremonial ornaments, known as 'go-gusoku', involved 5 articles: a censer, a pair of vases and a pair of candlesticks.[120D] The trumpet mouth is the first strong Japanese look to these vases. Similar 19th Century bronze vases can be seen in references, particularly for Ikebana use.[9E, 180F] These vases are cast bronze with ornamental Ho-o bird designs in cast relief in front and back medallions.[191G] There are 2 small elephant head handles and the same lotus petal motif found on other cast bronze Japanese vases.[113H] An Awaji 19th C. Japanese flower vase found in the Victoria and Albert Museum has the same look as these bronze vases.[120 I] Finally, the bottoms have the incised mark meaning "enjoyment", a Raku symbol used in Japan since the 16th Century.[32J] References available upon request. Size: ~ 4 7/8" H x 4" x 3 1/2"; Total Weight: ~ 1300 grams;


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