The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures

Massive 19th c. Japanese 3 pc. Bronze Elephant Koro


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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1910: Item # 613088

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A heavy Meiji period bronze elephant incense burner bearing a large pagoda shaped cover signed Fukui Yoji (Kichishi) Seizo. A brilliant face with long eyebrows over humanistic eyes, the almost comic face framed by large drooping rabbit-like ears. It stands on ball feet with cat-like claws. The deep wrinkles express great respect for the age and wisdom of the mysterious creature. Very detailed, raised dragons decorate a tapestry on its back bordered in etched clouds and frets. Beads and a blanket of waves populated by a large sea turtle lie over top. The pagoda is intricately made with lattice windows and is entirely covered in a miniscule geometric grid, a dragon curling up on the roof as a finial. The imaginative ensemble stands over 20 inches (52 cm) tall to the dragon on the pagoda roof, 15 inches (37 cm) long and 5 inches (13 cm) wide. It is in fine condition but for some missing bells from the temple roof and blanket. It weighs roughly 8.5 kilograms (20 pounds).