Japanese Lotus-form Vase
Early 20th century
Zinc and copper alloy
7 1/4″ wide x 6 1/4″ deep x 7 1/4″ high
An elegant lotus bud, the petals carved in relief. The dark surface gleams with a red patina. In Japanese culture, the lotus flower is revered for its ephemeral beauty, and as a symbol of purity emerging from murky depths. This vase serves as sculpture even without a flower arrangement.