Featuring a superb, rare, museum quality, impressive, monumental, Japanese cloisonne enamel vase with raised archaic design. The rare raised technique is known as moriage. Vase measures 14 3/4" tall x 9.5" in diameter at widest point in the middle. The neck opening measures 5.25", and the base rim measures 6". The vase weighs 6.5 pounds. The mate to this piece is in the museum of Edwin Davies in England and pictured on page 79 in the book "Japanese Cloisonne" by Gregory Irvine. Signed in sterling in the enamel on the center of the base with the Ando mark and on the base rim, the Japanese characters for sterling. The rich light brown ground is decorated with a band of stylized birds in rich cream shading to light brown. The lower shield shaped band contains stylized bird's heads with same coloring as former band. The inspiration for the shape of the vase and design comes from ancient Chinese bronzes. The vase comes with its own tomobako with inscriptions. Dates to circa 1920. Excellent condition. Due to the shiny nature of the cloisonne, it appears there are damages on this piece, but they are simply reflections from the lighting/flash. Reflections in photos are not damages. Near mint condition with some slight stress cracks near foot from firing. Return privilege, providing item returned in sent condition, within 3 days of receipt, and in original packing material. Sales tax charged in New York state unless valid tax number and resale certificate provided.