ANTIQUE JAPANESE MIXED METAL BRONZE VASE.This vase measures 4 3/4" tall. It is 1 3/8" in diameter at the base. The top is 1 5/8" in diameter. This bronze vase is a superb example of a truly extraordinary Japanese art form--mixed metals! The vase was made of bronze. The bronze was then decoratively engraved. Circling the neck is a single flower blossom with ribbon-like vines extending on either side. On the main side and on the back side are engraved plants--tall thin stems with leaves branching off. Engraved around the base are short tufts of grass and a wavy suggestion of earth. By itself the beauty of the vase and the quality of the engraving would be sufficient to qaulify the vase as a beautiful piece. However, the additional touch which truly puts this piece in a category of excellence all its own is the addition of metal deorative pieces applied to the engraving. The engraved stems have raised gold metal flower buds and blossoms attached. Interspersed between the engraved leaves are raised gold metal leaves. And, the focal point of the whole piece is a delightful bird, wings flapping, in the center of the tallest plant. The bird's feet are curved around the branch. You cannot tell whether the bird is landing or taking off, but the action is stopped and caught every bit as perfectly as though a camera had just been clicked! The detail is incredible and perfect. The bird's breast is composed of tiny, soft lines. The wings show strength and power. The leaves are etched just perfectly to reflect the angle and breeze. An afternoon with a loupe is just about the perfect amount of time to truly examine this piece. The condition is overall excellent. T are no dings or dents. One flower bud is missing. Look carefully at photograph 3, just to the right of the middle leaf. For anyone who appreciates mixed metal bronze vases, this is a rare chance to own an extraordinary example! Email with any questions. Buyer pays $7.00 shipping and handling, PRIORITY MAIL, plus insurance if desired. We do ship internationally. Unfortunately, t is no way to enter that information in ebay's system. INTERNATIONAL BUYER PAYS ACTUAL COSTS, WITH OR WITHOUT INSURANCE--BUYER'S CHOICE; COSTS WILL BE DETERMINED AT AUCTION'S END. We are always pleased to combine sh/h handling charges for multiple purchases by the same bidder. Wait until the end of the evening and I will send an invoice for all items with the lowest possible sh/h charges. Payment must be received by us within 10 days. BY BIDDING YOU ARE ENTERING INTO A CONTRACT WITH US TO PURCHASE. Items paid for by money order, cashierâe(tm)s check or paypal are sent next day; items paid for by check are held 10 days. Refunds are given only if we have misrepresented an item; shipping and handling charges are not refundable. WE WILL CONTACT THE WINNER AFTER THE AUCTION ENDS. Thank you for shopping and good luck on winning this great vase!