Very elegant shape this large bronze vase is brown patina and chocolate of different hues. It rests on 3 feet representing waves and their foam. The particularly flared neck is lotiform and adds to the lightness of the whole. In the middle of the body of the vase a carved bulge represents foliage. Signed under the base: Hidemitsu. Time: Meiji (1868-1912).
This vase is characteristic of the Japanese influence on the West and particularly the Art Nouveau movement by its simplicity of form, sobriety and close relationship to nature. The reading of the aesthetics of the vases of this period when nature is a dominant element of the decoration finds its sources in the original religion of Japan, Shintohism.