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Japanese Bronze Koro With Mixed Metal Designs
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This is a Japanese Bronze & mixed metal Koro or incense burner that dates to the Meiji era. The designs on the body of the koro are done in silver, copper, shakudo and gold and show birds, leaves and butterflies. The lid has a Baku for a finial with accents of gold and the fretwork looks to be shakudo outlined with silver. The handles of the piece are mythological creatures with gold balls in their mouths. The burner body and lid are supported by 6 bronze legs, each with an identical head shaped top. The base and legs are decorated with shakudo and silver. The overall height is an impressive 19 1/2 inches, while the widest point - across the handles - is about 9 inches. The widest dimension of the base is 8 inches. This is a very substantial piece with the lid alone weighing about 3 pounds and a total overall weight being 18 to 20 pounds. The condition is very good, with a beautiful patina and fine work on the mixed metal areas. There may be some slight loss of gold in a couple of places or it may be by design, as it was not uncommon to show the 'aging' on leaves and such. There are some very small areas of oxidation, particularly on the stand, but there is NOTHING that detracts from the intense presence of this piece ......SOLD