This is a wonderful iron libation cup in the form of the classic Jue of the Chinese Shang dynasty. When I first discovered this piece, I thought it might actually be from that period, but then discovered that it is made of iron -a magnet sticks to it- and the Shang pieces were all of bronze. From the heavy encrustation on this piece, I believe it to be a Japanese piece done in the style of the Jue around the turn of this century.
Someone has even added a plant "frog" to the interior for use as a flower vase - handy. This would be a superb accent piece with an ikebana flower arrangement. The piece measures 7 1/2" tall, is 7" long at the top and 3 3/4" diameter across the tripod legs.
We date it to the late Meiji period, circa 1895-1910. It is in very worn condition with a great deal of rust and other encrustations - it was probably buried for several decades.