This is a very old Japanese vintsage metal kabin or flower vase usually made for the temple for Butsugu Butsudan. It is well worn with age, but has beautiful details and decoration and style. The sides are tooled in the motif of birds and flowers, the handles tipped with dragon heads. The top is wide making for holding a beautiful ikebana arrangement. The bronze still shows through in the decor on the size but it has heavy patina. The inside has worn with age from having water in it, the bottom is worn but one can still see most of the mark. We do not know yet the sign/ mark but it was a purchase from Japan. It has not dents or cracks, We have not tried to clean it since we have had it. It dates to early Showa period af about the mid 20th century according to the seller, I think it is older and with some work could probably look a lot better as well.
A butsudan 佛壇 or 仏壇 literally Buddhist altar, is a shrine commonly found in temples and homes in Japanese Buddhist cultures. A butsudan is a wooden cabinet with doors that enclose and protect a gohonzon or religious icon, typically a statue or painting of a Buddha or Bodhisattva, or a script mandala scroll.
SIZE Height 5" or 15.24 cms Width 4" or 10.16 cms
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