7055 A bronze flower vessel inlaid in hirazogan (low-relief inlay) with tombo (dragonfly) amongst grasses using a mixture of shakudō (copper and gold alloy), shibuichi (copper and silver alloy), silver and gilt
Signed: Toshiaki saku (Made by Toshiaki)
Japan 20th century Shōwa period 1955
Dimensions: H. 8¾” x Diam. 8¼” (22cm x 20.5cm)
Tomobako (original box) inscribed:
Lid: Seireibun kabin. (Dragon fly design flower vessel)
Lid interior: Arita Toshiaki. Seal: Toshiaki
Arita Toshiaki (dates unknown).
This piece was exhibited in Nitten (The Japan Fine Art Exhibition) 1955 and is illustrated in Nittenshi vol.18 p. 496 pl.12
Tombo (dragonfly) in Japan is emblematic of martial success as various names for the insect are homophones for words meaning ‘victory’. It also is a seasonal symbol of late summer and early autumn.