Japanese enamelled silver vase of gu shape with a writhing dragon coiled around its neck clutching the flaming sacred jewel (tama), inlaid in gold and enamel details to its foot and neck, the dragon body finely carved with gold eyes and claws with a central geometric pattern band, signed Bokuryu hokkyo, Oryusai, Ryoshu koku
墨流北居,桜柳斎,漁舟刻 (engraved by Ryoshu, Oryusai studio, resident to the north of the Sumida River) Meiji period 1868-1912.
In Japan the dragon (tatsu辰) is one of the twelve Zodiac signs and is a water deity symbolic of power, wealth and prosperity.The mythological animal has three claws on each foot, while the Chinese dragon has four or five claws.The pearl with flames is one of the Eight Treasures and symbolises magical powers.
Weight 1.54kg (3.4lb)
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