Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Mark and of the Period (1735-1796)
The vase has a globular body rising from a short, splayed foot to a tall waisted neck with a wide dish-shaped mouthrim flanked by two archaistic dragon handles. The exterior of the body is decorated in low relief with archaistic designs. The neck is adorned with ascending plantain leaves surmounting a band of ruyi and raised bosses. The central band is decorated is with a frieze enclosing kui dragons and stylised taotie masks above a keyfret ground, above a band of pendent plantain blades.
The base has a six-character 大清乾隆年製 “Da Qing Qianlong Nianzhi” mark in relief recessed within a rectangular cartouche. The surface of the bronze is patinated to a warm brown and decorated with gilt splashes.