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    Sale 7553

    The Bob Moore Collection of Japanese Art and Design

    5 - 7 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 229

    A bronze ewer


    Price Realised  


    A bronze ewer
    Kamakura Period (13th - 14th century)
    Of elegant form, with loop handle and curved spout and waisted neck with everted rim, the hinged cover surmounted by a karashishi finial, decorated with a rich ochre and black patination, fitted wood box
    29cm. high

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    Such water ewers were used in Buddhist ritual. The stern lines of the piece and the energetic though simple sculpture of the karashishi on the cover are indicative of early bronze religious sculpture. An inscription inside the box lid states this ewer is identical to two in the Kosanji Temple, Hiroshima and the Seishu Raigoin Temple in Shiga Prefecture, both of which are registered as Juyo Bunkazai [Important Cultural Properties]

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