Flying Cranes Antiques Ltd. - Antique Arts of Japan

Iron and Damascene Moon Flask Vase


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Metalwork: Pre 1920: Item # 943108

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This is a fabulous iron moon flask with precious metals of gold and silver worked in the nunome zogan technique (damascene) upon its surfaces. On one side, two large rondels depict in extraordinary detail a writhing dragon flying mid clouds, the borders designed with turbulent waves and glorious butterflies wired with spread wings. On reverse, a landscape scene of a serpentine stream lined with pine, sakura and houses is executed in high relief. A delicate design of t-fret and kiku mon decorate the neck, sides and foot of the vase inlaid in silver and gold. This remarkable vase is in excellent condition; Komai silver and gold rectangular signature cartouche found on the base. Height: 7.5", diameter: 6" Meiji Period, Japan