Metalwork / Armor and Equipment

Flower Vase with Handles in the Shape of Elephant Heads

  • China Southern Song - Ming dynasties, 12th-14th centuries
  • Bronze
  • h: 27.5cm md: 6.6cm d: 14.3cm bd: 9.8cm
  • [30156]

There are many examples of Chinese bronzes from the Song dynasty through the Qing dynasty that have been used in Japan as flower vases. This work was used as a flower vase at a flower exhibition held in 1665. This flower vase was owned by the Tokugawa shogunal family.

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