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A pair of Japanese Meiji Period Bronze bottle vases

Origin Japan
Period 19th Century
Materials Bronze, onlay
H. 11.81 in;
H. 30 cm;
Condition Good. Excellent condition
Number of Pieces 2-3
Description A pair of Japanese Meiji Period (1868-1912) bottle shaped vases with detailed relief decoration on phoenix among blossoming passion flower vines, with traditional hanging bat decorations to the necks of the vases. The decoration is picked out in silver, gold, copper, shakudo and shibuichi.

Signed to base


The phoenix is a powerful symbol in Japan, used to represent the Empress. When used to decorate an object or house it symbolises the loyalty and honesty of the people that live there, traditionally a phoenix only stays when a ruler is without corruption.

Passion Flower

Known as clock face flowers in Japan, in Tokyo and other large cities the flower has become a symbol of androgyny due to the flower’s male and female parts.


In Asian culture the bat represents luck due to the Chinese word for bat sounding like the Chinese word for luck.
Styles / Movements Asian, Traditional
Dealer Reference Number INKP22
Incollect Reference Number 358325
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