Bronze flower vase
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.
Diameter: 11.400 cm (at mouth)
Asia JA 1992.1-28.3