This Japanese Copper Vase by the Famous Contemporary Sculpture Seibo Kitamura is about 40 years old. It was made by the great and very famous metal artist, Seibo Kitamura 1884-1987. Most of his works being at least life size if not much larger, he placed large metal sculptures in parks all over Japan. (See more below about the artist). I have not yet ascertained which park the original of this smaller version was in, but it represents a tree as I am told. It looks like it represents a sculpture of a very very old tree, os very unusual and contemporary in style. It is most unusual made of copper by an expert artisan, the method of which I could not begin to tell you- but I am betting it encompassed many heavy tool and lots of fire. The copper work has lovely colors and patina. It is signed with his English name "Seibo" on one of the bottom rims. It comes with the signed tomobako, as well as the biography of the artist. We have a few more pictures we could not show here due to space issues. It is in excellent condition with no damages.
SIZE: Height: 6.9" or 17.5 cm, Diameter 2.6" or 6.6 cm
In excellent condition, no cracks or chips. Please see the pictures and ask any questions. We are non-house smokers and do not smoke around our wares and our very careful with them to have clean hands and in the packing. We have noticed smells from items received recently, again please let us know if you have any questions. This one has no smells, this is from a well- known and honest, quality antiques dealer's piece. Please visit our store of over 700 Japanese items, porcelain, pottery, ceramics,netsuke, statues or okimono, metalware, lacquerware and more!
About the Artist
Famous Metalwork Artist Seibo Kitamura written 北村 西望 born 1884 – deceased 1987 was a Japanese sculptor. He is most known as the sculptor of the 10-meter-tall Peace Statue in Nagasaki Peace Park. He is most often referred to as "Seibo". He won the won the "Order of Culture" Award from Japanese Government as one of the greatest sculptors in Japan in 1958.
He was born in what was then Minamiarima, Nagasaki, now known as Minamishimabara, on 16 December 1884 and entered Kyoto City University of Arts to study sculpture in 1903. He graduated from there in 1907 and immediately enrolled in the Tokyo School of Fine Arts, from which he received a second sculpture degree in 1912. He began sculpting full time after his discharge from military service in 1915 and, by 1921, he was a professor at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts. He was inducted into the Japan Art Academy in 1925.
Kitamura submitted some of his work into an unknown event of the "Mixed Sculpturing" category of the art competitions at the 1932 Summer Olympics, but did not win a medal. He is known as the sculptor of the 10-meter-tall Peace Statue in Nagasaki Peace Park. The statue and the park are near the hypocentre where the atomic bomb exploded on 9 August 1945. The design for the statue was selected in an open contest, and unveiled to the public on 1 April 1955 when the park opened. The statue points to the sky, warning from where the bomb and death would fall, his left hand is stretched out in a gesture of peace, and his eyes are closed in prayer for the souls of those who died. One leg is folded in a position of meditation, but his left foot is on the ground, as he is prepared to stand and assist the people. The statue and park are a memorial to the people of Nagasaki who died in the atomic bomb explosion.
Kitamura has received numerous other local and national awards for his work throughout his lifetime including induction into the Japanese Art Academy and several other commissions. . He died on 4 March 1987 in Tokyo at the age of 102. Many of his works can be viewed at Shimabara Castle, where the yagura is a museum dedicated to his life and work. There is much more information and pictures of his other works that can be found on the internet.
Excerpts above from several blogs and WIki.
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