A heavy ornate low bronze vessel used in Ikebana. The casting is crisp and ornate.
A heavy low rectangular bronze vessel to be used in flower arranging or possibly bonsai. The outer surface of the bronze is covered in a repeating geometric fret design. The mouth has a key fret band and a flat surface lip. One either end are cast handles shaped like roosters. There are three shield lappets in relief in a row along the exterior of both of the longer sides. The sides of the vessel slope to tri knob rounded feet. The base has a tooled design. The outer surface has a nice dark brown patina.
The inner surface shows a few mold lines and a greenish patina from use. The inner surface is rough and not smooth like the outer surface.
There are three Japanese characters in a cartouche on the base center.
8 ½” (21.6 cm) long x 6 ¼” (15.9 cm) wide x 2 5/8” (6.7 cm) tall. Weighs 2 lbs 15.7 oz (1345 g)
There are no breaks, dents, or cracks. There are a few tiny nicks on the rim. The patina is in good shape. The inner surface has green to the patina, probably from the use of water in flower arranging.
A useful, old, classic bronze from the Meiji period that will look great with flowers in it or by itself on a shelf as a rich bronze.
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