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Posted 2 years ago


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This vase has been in the family since the early 1940's.
It is 16 inches h x 10 inches w and maybe made of brass.
What is very unusual is the crude engraving that says "made in Japan".
The engraving does not match the detail workmanship of the vase and looks like it was added to export it out of Japan. My guess is that somehow it was taken out of China to sell on the open market. It is very clear that the engraving was made long after the vase created. Would anyone know the country of origin? Thank you for your interest.

Mystery Solved


  1. NativeJewelerylovers NativeJewelerylovers, 2 years ago
    Looks to be a bronze vase.
  2. w4nio, 2 years ago
    Thank you NativeJeweleryLovers.
  3. jwendell222 jwendell222, 2 years ago
    Hello, your vase is bronze and claims, from the base mark to be Xuande. It reads from the top down and right to left: "Great Ming Husan Te (Xuande) Period Make".
    Xuande reign in the Ming Dynasty is 1426 - 1435. The vase is much later. I can't find the 'Made in Japan' mark that you speak of and would like to see it.
    Regards, Jim
  4. jwendell222 jwendell222, 2 years ago
    Sorry, make that Hsuan, not Husan.
  5. w4nio, 2 years ago
    Dear Jim,
    I am not able to send a photo of the engraving on this web page. Thanks again for the information.
  6. w4nio, 2 years ago
    I was able to add the engraving photo.
    Thanks, Russ
  7. jwendell222 jwendell222, 2 years ago
    Hi Russ, sorry, no ideas on the engraving, don't know why someone would do that,
    Regards, Jim

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