An exquisite six-sided, silver-mounted cloisonné vase with fine geometric scrollwork at the neck and foot. Jurojin, one of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune, is rendered regally on its front surface in soft pastel hues, the faithful deer, his ubiquitous attribute, by his side. On the reverse, three wired heraldic crane crests are positioned, their white enameling unexpected upon the vase's delicate green ground. Inlaid silver signature mark of renowned enameller Hayashi Tanigoro on base. (A similar image of Jurojin is on display in the Museum Fur Volkerkunde in Vienna. See: "Japanese Mythology", page 105 by Juliet Piggott.) This cloisonné vase is in excellent condition, with no problems and no restoration.
Meiji Period, Japan