Japanese bronze cast in imitation of a Chinese zun form ritual wine beaker. The archaistic style ritual vessel appears to have been cast in three sections, each of which is divided by vertical openwork flanges into four panels of relief cast and carved decoration. The flared trumpet-shaped neck holds bands of upright blades containing flowering plants. The mid-section is cast in relief with four Buddhist shishi set against a geometric ground. The splayed lower section is decorated with swirling waves. There is an incised inscription extending around the interior bottom of the high recessed base. It appears to include Komatsu, which could refer either to the family name of the person the item was crafted for or to a city in Ishikawa prefecture where the vessel was produced. The inscription ends with “made under the oversight or direction of the Fujiwara” (rough translation). The Fujiwara metalworkers were renowned for their skill in producing fine quality bronzes. Late 19th century to circa 1900. Stands just over 7 1/2” high. The mouth is nearly 6” diameter. Very good overall condition with nice aged patina. This bronze from a Scottsdale, AZ estate.