Monday, March 21, 2016

Meiji Dragon

After the end of Japanese feudal society in1868 with the Meiji Restoration many metal workers who had supplied the Samurai with adornments for weapons turned to decorative objects for the export market. With Japan united as one country the Samurai had been disbanded and disarmed, this left many of the best metal workers without their usual customers, leading to a burst of creativity in the decorative export trade.
 Our dragon dates to circa 1880s and holds a quarts ball in its claws. 6.5 inches tall.
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