Meiji Bijutsu

Meiji Period Bronze Inkwell

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1910: Item # 1282811
Meiji Bijutsu
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Kita-aoyama 3-14-1
Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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A very interesting Japanese antique inkwell, one of the best examples of the genre, crafted in the most exquisite way and dating from the Meiji period (1868-1912).

The inkwell is made in the shape of a fish basket filled with fish and at least one lobster. It is woven with fine bronze wires and the lid is shaped with red copper, bronze and brass. Each animal is carved in sublime details; the work of master craftsman, all the way to the bottom of the basket. Another great example of the high level of workmanship of Japanese metalworkers from the Meiji era.

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The inkwell is in very good condition. Its asymmetrical shape might be its original one. There is no hint as to whether the small hole visible on the lid, by the lobster, is an accident or had a function. The inkwell will be shipped in a fitted wooden box.
Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.2 (2.8 x 2.1 in), weight 185g (6.5 oz)

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