Very unusual 19th century Japanese mixed metal water dropper (vessel for diluting ink used in painting and calligraphy) made out of two fuchi - hilt collars between the handle and a hand guard of a Japanese sword. Lower fuchi is inlaid with three horses in different attitudes and with different patinas on punched ground. One side of the upper fuchi shows Ebisu (one of the Gods of Good Fortune) seated next to several tama (Precious Gems) and a huge sea brim that he caught with a fishing rod, the other side with a bath tub and pine saplings. Bronze bottom with petal design along the rim, bronze liner for holding water and silver spout for dispensing it. Superb detailed metalwork, pleasantly heavy, beautiful patina, in excellent condition. Wonderful object for scholar’s table. Length with spout 2 inches, height 15/16 inches.Domestic: Flat-rate of $15.00 to anywhere within the contiguous U.S.International: Foreign shipping rates are determined by destination.Location: This item ships from Massachusetts
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