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Japanese bronze vase decorated with two rats feasting on a pomegranate, signed in a rectangular silver tablet Meiji Kanoe-ne shunjitsu, Higashi bi oka fujo nishi, Hasegawa Issei saku (made by Hasegawa Issei, resident to the west of Okayama Castle, in East Bizen- Okayama prefecture, on a spring day in the year of kanoe-ne Meiji 33, 1900) 

With original tomobako bearing label: Chukin hanaike, Hasegawa Issei saku, Meiji sanjuu-san-nen saku (cast bronze flower vase, made by Hasegawa Issei in Meiji 33 -1900) 


The artist Hasegawa Issei 長谷川一清was active from 1890 to 1920, and exhibited at the 1893 Chicago Columbus Exposition, his art name was Gyokutosai 玉東斎.

The rat is the God Daikoku's messenger and the first animal of the Oriental Zodiac, often shown feasting on chestnuts, rice or pomegranates, and is symbolic of bounty and abundance.


h. 28cm x w. 17.5cm