A Japanese red copperware Hanaire or Flower Vase with Chinese style relief and dragon handles is made by 吉秀 Kichi-hide. A quality copperware work in Japanese metalware of a lovely vase which is about 30 years old and the design is based on very old Chinese designs. It is covered in a rich deep red with antiqued black. Very nice relief work has been tooled all the way around the bottom as a border with a black background and around the neck with the handles. It is developing patina. Per the antique dealer it is artist made, the patterns are engraved and or stamped by hand with special tools. The relief designs are archaistic of a term commonly applied to those Chinese bronze pieces cast in the post-Han period, especially in the Ming and Ching period. The small band of relief decoration harks back to Chinese bronzes of the Shang and Chou dynasties, and the decoration may be classifiable as the simplified version of taotie mask commonly appearing in the Chinese bronzes. The dragon handle design date back to kuei dragons, again common among the Chinese bronze pieces. Kui Chinese: 夔; pinyin: kuí; Wade–Giles: k'uei is a polysemous figure in ancient Chinese mythology. Classic texts use this name for the legendary musician Kui who invented music and dancing; for the one-legged mountain demon or rain-god Kui variously said to resemble a Chinese dragon, a drum, or a monkey with a human face, see Wiki article mentioned below. This vase is in excellent condition, minimal surface wear with no damages or leaks.
SIZE: Height 8.4 or 21.33 cm, Diameter at widest 4.5 or 11.43 cm
Resources: The dragon handle information from Wiki where a much longer article can be found, and thanks to friend Yoshio Kusaba san. Also see a site called ArtsConnectED and an article called Early Chinese Bronzes for the history of the style.
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