BRUNEI CEREMONIAL BRONZE KETTLE WITH CHINESE SYMBOLS. Excellent and rare ceremonial kettle. This is a museum quality work of art. The kettle is decorated with symbols of a dragon, snakes, koi fish, crabs, and a turtle. This may have been used as a dowry item. It is the most detailed example I have seen. Even the underside is highly decorated suggesting ownership by an affluent family. There is Chinese influence within the symbols. The size is 5.5 x 11 x 8 inches. The condition is excellent with traces of oxidation and one small hole on the underside next to one of the feet. The hole is not visible in the picture because there is now a small hole where there used to be oxidation near one of the legs. The age is guaranteed to be mid 19th century or earlier. The oxidation suggests it might be earlier than 1850’s. This kettle is made of bronze or brass or some other copper mixed alloy. It is heavy and not zinc or spelter metal. There is a nice copper patina which I have not seen on other examples as well. Thank you for this opportunity to do business with you. The item “Sultan of Brunei Bronze Kettle Naga Dragon Labi Turtle Koi Crabs Chinese Borneo” is in sale since Saturday, November 17, 2012. This item is in the category “Antiques\Asian Antiques\Southeast Asia\Other Southeast Asian Antiques”. The seller is “laurent_ashton” and is located in Reno, Nevada. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Type: kettle
- Primary Material: Bronze
- Age: 1850-1899
- Region of Origin: Southeast Asia
- Original/Reproduction: Original