A tall bronze vase
By Nishi Masayoshi, Meiji Period
Constructed in four sections, carved in varying degrees of relief, the body decorated on one side with an eagle swooping down towards a monkey hiding within the crevices of a wave-lashed rock, another monkey clinging on to a rocky perch, in front of a waterfall to the left, the other with a dragon and warrior, applied on either side with two handles in the form of pine branches, above a stepped pedestal base encircled with a wreath of plum branches, the cover surmounted with a finial in the form of a large eagle with a serpent in its mouth; signed within a fan-shaped reserve Nishi Masayoshi. 87cm (34¼in) high. (4).