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Boat form Censer Bronze. Meiji period

SKU: Bronze Meiji Censer JA0511 $595.00
Japanese early Meiji period bronze censer circa 1850 in the form of a boat with removable thatched roof exhibiting a hitch-hiking crow on top. Measures approximately 9 1/2 length x 5 1/4  high x 3 wide. This is an unusual form for a censer in two parts. Very fine detailing as the boat glides along on stylized waves. Very good overall condition with a nice aged patina. Very good condition. The Japanese have far surpassed their Chinese benefactors in the creation of exquisite Bronze work. They literally set the gold standard over 150 years ago which is hard to match even with today trades high technology. The Meiji period was the golden era of bronze work in Japan and remains unequaled for quality and detail. Bronze was introduced into Japan from China via Korea and the Japanese still call it ''the Chinese metal'' (Kara kane). But it is the metal in which Japanese art was already winning its brightest laurels over a thousand years ago. The chief forms are the mirror the temple bell the gong the vase (originally intended for the adornment of Buddhist altars) the lantern and the colossal representation of divine personages. The temple bells at saka Ky to and Nara count among the largest in the world: but the grandest example of Japanese bronze-casting is the Dai-butsu (literally''great Buddha'') at Kamakura which dates from the thirteenth century. Armour is another use to which metal (iron and steel) was put from the very earliest ages. The best examples of iron and steel armour date from the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The best swords date from the same time. The ornamental swordhilts guards (tsuba) Fuchi Kashira and Kozuka date only from the sixteenth century onwards. The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries were the most fruitful epoch for the production of small bronze objects whose chief raison d'Atre is ornament such as clasps paper-weights small figures of animals mouthpieces for pipes and vases intended for dwelling-rooms not for Buddhist altars as in earlier days. Damascening or inlaying on metal has been carried to great perfection notably of late years when designs in various metals and alloys on a basis of bronze or iron have been made to reproduce whole landscapes with the minuteness of a painting.