These stunning deep-cast bronze pieces date from the Meiji Period (c. 1880) and feature astonishing detail on Buddhist themes. The design is highly spiritual, with the top ring of flying pelicans representing sky, the dominant ring of elaborate themed stories representing earth and the bottom ring of intertwined three clawed dragons representing sea. There are six feature stories on each urn, twelve different images in all. All feature bird themes, some based on Jakarta tales. The twelve story panels are extra deep cast and fully detailed. Wonderful dragon handles decorate both sides of each piece. 8 pronounced lion heads ring each bronze. These are rare pieces of extraordinary craftsmanship, weighing over 350 pounds a piece. Some minor damage on the dragon handles (which are removable), and normal wear and patina on the bronze. These very large jardiniere take the breath away!