Superb Signed Bronze Dragon-Phoenix Tea Suiban c.1830
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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1837 VR: item # 484953
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|Gorgeous solid bronze lost wax-cast antique Japanese tea ceremony `suiban` flower vessel. Signed on the underside "Dai Nihon Bunsei-nen" indicating a 19th century (1830) original. On one side is a cloud riding dragon in raised relief. The dragon was a symbol of heaven and supreme wisdom. As a motif, the dragon`s presence was considered protective and auspecious; an invitation to good fortune. On the other side, a phoenix (ho) representing peace, prosperity and enlightened rule, since it chooses to dwell only where these conditions prevail. Paired with a dragon, the phoenix stands for the empress and the dragon represents the emperor. c.1830. (16" x 9½" x 4½") (41cm x 24cm 12cm). Heavy item. EMS Shipping/Insurance to USA or Western Europe $100.|