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A large Japanese bronze basin
A large Japanese bronze basin

MEIJI PERIOD, LATE 19TH CENTURY

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A large Japanese bronze basin
Meiji Period, Late 19th Century
Of rectangular form with an overspreading rim above a frieze cast with waves and mythological beasts, the front and verso applied with plaques inscribed with Japanese characters, the sides each with dragon mask handles, on four seated warrior feet
21¾ in. (55.3 cm.) high; 51 in. (129.5 cm.) wide; 27½ in (69.8 cm.) deep

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The various Japanese inscriptions, once translated, note that the piece, was "made by Ota Yojibei Fujiwara Masanari, a carpenter and flower basket maker, living in Edo, Musashi Province." Most likely referring to an original 17th Century model, further inscriptions reveal the name "Hashimoto Hachizaemon tono", who may have commissioned the piece, and bears the date July 12, 1667.
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