This is an exquisite antique Japanese vase rendered in substantial bronze. The vase itself has a very dark patina although the first picture shows it rather golden as a result of the camera flash.
Its shape and decoration are distinctly Japanese. It was likely manufactured early in the Meiji Period, an era that extended from September 1868 through July 1912.
Meiji (pronounced "MAY gee") Decorative arts at the time were beginning to lean toward a bolder and heavier aesthetic.
There is a lovely decoration on the front featuring stalks of bamboo and a cherry tree branch.
The scene is rendered partly in onlaid and inlaid Shibuichi. Translating to "one-fourth" in English, Shibuichi metal is an alloy comprised of one part silver and one part copper.
For centuries Shibuichi was mainly used to ornament various fittings and components for katana (Japanese long swords). The mysterious metal found its way into various decorative arts over the years.
The shape of the vase is absolutely sensual. While it is slender, it still curves beautifully, tapering at the neck and bottom and expanding again at the mouth and foot.
There is expected surface wear which adds to the overall appeal of the vase. The underside shows a very dark patination while the exterior of the vase shows a rich and even patina. It remains in good antique condition.
We see its warm color and substantial presence adding just the right touch of weight and elegance to any collection.
Measurements: Height: 9 5/8" Widest circumference: 11 ¼" Base measures 3 ¼" in diameter Mouth measures 2" in diameter Weight: 2 lbs., 3 oz.