Japanese not Chinese Antique 1900 Copper Bronze Phoenix Vase Ikebana
A Superb Genuine Antique Takaoka Copper Phoenix vase dating to the end of Meiji beginning of Taisho period, '1890 to 1912,' of dark brown colour.
The collar circled with stylised reticulated Manji, sauwastika (swastika), meaning "Good Fortune". The handles also reticulated and bearing the same design.
Either side of the neck compact phoenix with tail feathers curled in high relief.
The body displaying a phoenix with outspread wings flowing tail feathers within a rectangular border.
The design all set against stylised Sauwastika (swastika) Manji background.
The base signed with the artists name characters. Hekiryo.
This vase is rare, during the Second World War Japanese households were asked to donate items made from metals such as copper, bronze, iron etc to be melted down for the war effort.
Vases bearing this type of reticulated collar and handles were rarely if ever, reproduced or remade after the early 1900s
The sauwastika was adopted as a standard character in Chinese, "卍" (pinyin: wàn). It represents the activity of the Chinese Taiyi, "Great One", of the principle of the universe in the formation of the world
It has been a part of Japanese culture since the introduction of Buddhism about 1,500 years ago.
The name swastika, comes from the Sanskrit word "swastik"(Devanagari: स्वस्तिक) meaning conducive 'well being' or auspicious.
There would NOT be another vase like this in Australia.
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Condition: Excellent for age
Height about 30.5 cm
Width about 20.0 cm
Weight about 3.8 kg
Pick up is Welcome (NO packing charges/ postage)
Can post interstate. (already posted many items interstate
Packed weight about 5-6kg
Packing & Handling charge $5
The history of Takaoka copperware began in 1609 when the second lord of the Kaga domain, Maeda Toshinaga, founded the town of Takaoka. He invited seven copper craftsmen from the western metalworkers' district in Tonami village to come to Takaoka and gave them special protections.
This was the beginning of the metalworkers' district, Kanayamachi, in Takaoka.
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Purchased in Japan over 35 years ago.
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- Date Listed:14/01/2020
- Last Edited:14/01/2020
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