Japanese, first half 20th century. A bronze baluster form vase with applied elephant mask handles at shoulder, the body with 2 inset ovular cartouches each bearing a scene with bird amid flowers, the cartouches bordered by a ring of leiwen or meandering key, the mouth with a band of leaf tips, and the foot with a band of intersecting inverted arches with dangling serpentine vines and surmounted by butterflies, the whole heightened with gilt and polychrome accents. Unmarked. Approximate height 10.5", width across handles 7.125". Provenance: From the Estate of Channing S. Jun, M.D., Eastman, Georgia.
Overall wear commensurate with age and use. Some chips, nicks, and scratching overall, in particular to edges, in addition to some fleabites, tarnishing, and losses to inlay overall. Some accretions. One handle is loose. No other visible signs of damage or repair.