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Pair of Vases c. 1880

Bronze inlaid with gold and silver | 55.5 x 27.5 x 26.5 cm (whole object) | RCIN 7798

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The dramatic scenes on these vases illustrate the legend of Prince Yamato. On one occasion, the hero pursued a demon boar rampaging through the forest. Knowing the beast’s only vulnerable spot was its tail, Yamato leapt onto its back and sliced it off with a sacred sword. A range of subtly coloured gold and silver inlays present these exploits in exquisite detail.