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MEIJI AESTHETIC JAPANESE BRONZE TOBACCO JAR WITH BIRDS AND OTHER JAPANESE MOTIFS
This Japanese bronze tobacco jar is cast with faux bamboo edging and knobby “bamboo” feet. The design consists of pairs of birds, in addition to some Japanese motifs on the diagonal and even a dragon! After the Meiji revolution in 1868, the Japanese samurai were less war-like and the sword makers turned to other metal arts. This tobacco jar is a tribute to their skills. However, this jar was produced for the French market, taking into consideration of French expectations from Japanese design! These pairing of birds are far more symmetrical than something that would have been made for the Japanese market! Nevertheless, it is a beautiful work of art. It is approximately 5” in height, and the barrel shape is 4.5” in diameter.