This is a beautiful antique Japanese "Imperial Gift" bronze incense burner (koro). This globular koro sits on three feet and has komainu for handles on the sides and one on the pierced lid. The front and back are decorated with stylized lotus flowers and romanesque vines that look to have been done in pewter, which some has dissipated. The front of the koro is engraved with ONSHI ZAIDAN GUNJIN ENGOKAI MIEKEN SHIBU (Imperial Gift Foundation Soldier Support Association Mie Prefecture Chapter). This association helped wounded soldiers, veterans and families of deceased soldiers. Naturally it's a rare piece in it's own right, but it being an onshi related gift makes it very rare. It's going to date from the 1930s to early 1940s. It measures approx. 14.5 cm (5-5/8 inches) tall and weighs 556 grams. The shipping weight will be about 1 kilo. What we charge for shipping is about $10.00 less than actual shipping costs. We help a lot on shipping for heavier items like this. The condition is excellent and ready to use. There are no dents or scratches. Add this very special piece from the empire of Japan to your collection today. All my pieces are absolutely guaranteed authentic and as stated. This koro has been in my personal collection for several years and was a wonderful display piece in my office. Thank you for bidding. PLEASE READ BEFORE BIDDING: *Import duties, taxes & charges aren't included in the item price or shipping charges. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Check with your country's customs office to see what these additional costs will be prior to bidding. *If you have less than 10 feedbacks you'll need to fax a copy of your drivers license or passport before bidding. *Winning multiple items and shipping together is the best way for you to save money. *Please pay within seven days from the end of the auction. *I'M IN JAPAN. All shipping is by air with 100% insurance coverage. I never send anything by boat. Shipping within Asia will be $15.00. To the USA, Canada and Australia is $21.00. Shipping to most of Europe will only be $25.00. *Please note that winning bidders from Italy, Portugal, Germany, Africa, eastern Europe (Russia and her neighbors) and south America must pay for EMS delivery.