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Japanese Meiji Bronze Censer
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Japanese Meiji Bronze Censer

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Metalwork: Pre 1900: Item # 1173186
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A large bronze sculpture in the form of a censer decorated with auspicious motifs, cranes, and scrolling clouds. The lid has a small sculpture of Shoki, the demon queller standing on top of a rock with crashing waves. The side of the censer are two dragons staring at the central figure. The bottom of the censer is held up by four spirits known as shojo, known for drinking large amounts of sake and often seen in Kabuki and noh plays. The base is emulating a five legged cinnabar lacquer with geometric designs and a wave like pattern known as seigaiha. The bottom of the lid contains a flower-like motif and inside the section beneath the vase is an image of a butterfly, known as agehacho, surrounded by Nandina plants. The combination of the various motif elevate the auspiciousness and wish of good fortune. Age: Meiji Period (c1900). Size: Height: 45" Diameter: 14.75"