An extremely fine antique Chinese baluster shaped bronze vase, dating to the late 17th, or perhaps early 18th Century.
The vase is of lobed form, with gourd shaped twin handles, and a spider which has been carefully applied, appearing to scurry across the vase.
Spiders were called "ximu" (meaning "happy insects") in
ancient China. Even in today's folk culture, spiders are believed to
bring happiness in the morning and wealth in the evening.
The mid section of the vase, down to the base, is further embellished with incised decoration within lotus leaf shaped panels.
I have been unable to determine a makers mark, however this is not unusual.
Dimensions:Height: 17.7 cm or 7 inches
Width (at widest 1/8inches
Gross Weight:825 grams
In very good antique condition, the metal with a rich deep patina. No visible damage or repair to the vessel, other than one superficial depression to the side which is hardly noticeable and not easy to photograph. Please see the images provided which complement this description.
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