This vase is roughly modelled on the type of Chinese bronze wine vessel called a hu. It has the shishi (leonine creature) head ring handles together with the linked-key band at the neck found on Chinese originals. However, the Chinese taotie (monster faces) on the body are less severe than on ancient Chinese bronzes, and the heart-shaped pierced 'boar's eye' motifs and the waves of the sea are a wholly Japanese innovation.

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  • Title: Bronze flower vase
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 27.00cm; Diameter: 11.40cm (at mouth)
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: cast; pierced
  • Subject: taotie
  • Registration number: 1992,0128.3
  • Production place: Made in Japan
  • Period/culture: Edo Period
  • Material: bronze
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Purchased from Harkins, Brian