Well-Modeled Bronze Censer and Cover, Meiji Period (1868-1912)
A tour-de-force of Meiji decorative surface design in bronze, the base with a weapons roundel in low relief supporting five dragon headed feet, the baluster form body of the censer with alternating varieties of diaper patterns at each level, wide dragon form handles and surmounted by a shallow domed lid with sculpted figures of the ‘Soga Brothers Revenge’
height 24.8" — 63 cm.
Northern Leaf Studio cast inscription
The revenge of the Soga brothers is a semi-legendary theme in which two brothers seek to avenge the death of their father. First they had to find the killer who has their father’s sword. The elder brother would shame other samurai by forcing their submission and having them crawl between his legs or fight, allowing him to inspect their swords in either case.
Department: Asian Art