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Bronze flower vase


Height: 27.000 cm
Diameter: 11.400 cm (at mouth)

Asia JA 1992.1-28.3

    Bronze flower vase

    From Japan
    Edo period, 17th-18th century AD

    This vase is roughly modelled on the type of Chinese bronze wine vessel called a hu. It has the shishi (leonine creature) head ring handles together with the linked-key band at the neck found on Chinese originals. However, the Chinese taotie (monster faces) on the body are less severe than on ancient Chinese bronzes, and the heart-shaped pierced 'boar's eye' motifs and the waves of the sea are a wholly Japanese innovation.


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