While the Chinese were among the earliest to make and use bronze for receptacles and vessels, the Japanese turned metalwork and the manufacture of iron and bronze items to a high art, especially into the 20th Century with exquisite finishes, patterns and particularly creative patinas. At Kazari + Ziguzagu we stock a broad range of antique and vintage Japanese bronze vases, bronze sculpture, iron teapots, Buddhist sculpture and lanterns. We also stock a great range of contemporary bronze decor objects, stools and vessels from Indonesia and China.

  • Antique Japanese Bronze Dragon Usubata Ikebana Vase - B17215

    Antique Japanese Bronze Dragon Usubata Ikebana Vase - B17215


    Made from solid cast bronze, this antique Japanese usubata ikebana vase is composed of three detachable sections:

    -the upper wide lipped usubata platform which sits atop the main vase section.
    -the middle bulbous vase section with sculptural relief of a dragon intertwined with waves and clasping in his claws a jewel – the lucky symbol for prosperity. This section has the artists stamp embossed on the base.
    -the sculptural base of a writhing dragon whose claws and body give stability as a stand.
    The two upper sections have flat bases and as such can be used independently as vases.
    Even without being used for an ikebana flower arrangement, this vase stands alone as a feature ornamental display piece, or even as an ornate standard candle holder.


    Used by the 'Ikenobo' school of flower arranging and made during the Meiji period, circa 1890’s, the ‘usubata’ (suggestive of the small opening and wide rimmed lip) provides a shallow trough on which the surface of water is exposed. This aids in creating the effect of representing a complete plant growing in its natural conditions. Ikebana flower artists also believe that this style of vase keeps the water sweet for longer and provides added oxygen through the water’s surface ensuring a longer life to the arrangement. Furthermore, the bronze colour seems most like mother earth and so is viewed as best suited to enhance the beauty of flowers.


    Overall height: 47cm x width: 45cm x depth: 33cm



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