Japanese bronze in an archaistic Chinese design that was made in the late Meiji period, during the early 20th Century.
A heavy bronze vase with a deeply molded archaistic design of Taotie masks and embellishments around the waist. There is also a triple ring band around the neck, and single rings above the base and on either size of the archaistic designs. The molding is crisp and deep. The foot is shallow with a solid base.
The patina is a nice rich chocolate color. The patina is a nice even color on the upper portion of the vase. The patina is a little uneven on the lower portion, as well as under the mouth.
There are no artist marks or labels.
8 1/4" (21.0 cm) tall x 3 1/2" (9.0 cm) diameter. Weighs 1 lb 8.4 oz (690 g)
There are no cracks or breaks. There are a couple of minor indentations in the lower portion of the vase, which appear to be from manufacture. There is a short (1/4”), light vertical scratch near the top of the lower portion.
A great bronze that shows the metal skills of the Japanese in a time of transition in the arts.
Japanese Bronze with Taotie Mask Design Meiji Period
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