Japan, 19th century, Meiji period (1868-1912)
Of rectangular for with two naturalistic silver bamboo handles, the center is finely inlaid within a silver frame with a single bird flying towards a kiku (chrysanthemum) plant with large blossoms born on leafy stem and smaller aster blossoms growing near its base. Each corner with silver edges.
LENGTH 62.8 cm across handles
Condition: Good condition with wear, expected age cracks, some warping, and few small scratches.
Provenance: The collection of The Zelnik István Southeast Asian Gold Museum. Institutional art collection in Belgium, acquired from the above. Dr. István Zelnik, President of the Hungarian South and Southeast Asian Research Institute, is a former high-ranking Hungarian diplomat who spent several decades in Southeast Asia, building the largest known private collection of Asian art in Europe.
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