Detail of a covered vessel, Izumi

Detail of a covered vessel, Izumi

Detail of a covered vessel in the form of an incense burner (koro)
Signed: 'Cast by Izumi'
Japan
About 1880-1900
Patinated, gilt and inlaid bronze
The Edwin and Susan Davies Collection

This vessel looks like a traditional incense burner but is actually a purely decorative object, intended perhaps for the western market. It is expertly decorated with patinated and gilt carp (shown here) swimming under bush clover (hagi) and flying geese in high relief.