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Japanese globular cast and mottled red and black patinated bronze vase. Signed on the reverse with the signature of the artist: Mashiko (Katori Masahiko, 1899-1988). He was born in Sakura City, and was the son of the metal artist Katori Hozuma. After graduating from the Tokyo School of Fine Arts in 1925, he exhibited with the Japanese delegation to the International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts in Paris where he won a bronze prize for his work. He was a frequent exhibitor at numerous prestigious, government-sponsored exhibitions in Japan. After the War, Katori started casting bronze temple bells, many for famous temples as well as the Hiroshima Peace Bell in 1967. In 1977 he was designated Living National Treasure). With the tomobako, original box, inscribed on the lid: Chūdō Su Mon Kabin or Cast Bronze Vase (with) Minimalist Motif; and on the reverse of the lid signed: Masahiko, and sealed: Masahiko
Shōwa era, circa 1960 – 1970 
8 ½” high x 8 ¾” diameter

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