impressive seiya bronze vase japanese elephant and lion

Impressive Seiya Bronze vase, Japanese, elephant and lion.


| $19,860 USD | €17,115 EUR

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Genryusai Seiya is renowned for his animal sculptures probable inspired by the opening of Tokyo Zoo in 1882. He certainly excelled in lions, tigers and elephants in particular but less known are his detailed sculptures of people, usually going about their everyday life. This magnificent bronze vase captures all of these elements in one fabulous scene.
The illustration shows Monju Bosatsu, usually sitting astride a Shi Shi or as in this scene, a lion. It symbolises The Law and Buddhist power to overcome all obstacles. Monju can be traced back at least to the 4th century AD in China. Monju appears frequently in the Lotus Sutra, in which Monju converts the eight-year-old daughter of the Dragon King Sagara to Buddhism. She gains enlightenment, and illustrates the universal possibility of Buddhahood for both men and women.
The other is the Hindu named Taishakuten who rides an elephant, tracing back to Hindu origins. Now named Samantabhadra (Fugen Bosatsu). He is the bodhisattva associated with the practice of Buddhist teaching and joins Manjushri (Monju Bosatsu), the lord of transcendent wisdom, in a trinity with Shakyamuni Buddha. The deity is known as 'He whose bounty is omnipresent' and represents the Buddhist Law and compassion. The bodhisattva is borne by a white elephant, symbolic of the strength achieved through the practice of Buddhism.
The vase is a beautiful polished, dark patination but the patination is varied to give additional presence to the lion and elephant. The white of the elephant is skillfully achieved with silvering. Both Bosatsus wear jewelled items and the elephant’s head dress and riding blanket are also jewelled. The pair are surrounded by swirling clouds.
The base carries the cast signature of Seiya and two or three paper previous collections labels. The vase may be a one of a kind, maybe made for one of the world expositions, where Japan, recently opening up to Western World was keen to exhibit its art. Meiji period around 1880. This magnificent vase is 2 feet (60cms) high and 17 inches (43cms) diameter. A fantastic addition to complete any Seiya collection or as a stand-alone focal point.
Condition. Excellent with no scuffs or damage.
Carriage. This beautiful vase weighs in at 30 kilos. To insure, crate and deliver to a UK mainland address will cost £350 as quoted by our shipper. Please inquire for countries outside the UK.
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Height = 60 cm (24")
Width = 43 cm (17")
Depth = 43 cm (17")

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