Antique Japanese Military 1931 Shanghai Incident Imperially Bestowed to Army Lieutenant General Bottle
This is a very interesting piece, decorated with a battle scene of two boats going ashore in an amphibious landing. The words on top of the picture is "Imperially Bestowed" and under the scene "Shanghai Dispatch Commemoration" "11st Division Commander Koto". This Koto is Koto Tokutaro, who was appointed commander of the 11th Division right before the battle of Shanghai. The 11th Division performed the crucial landing behind Chinese lines that threatened the Chinese army in an encirclement after they established their beachhead, which forced the Chinese to withdraw and ending the battle. This scene on the bottle (or probably a vase) commemorates this particular event. The vase seems to be a gift from the government in the name of the emperor to the commander himself, judging from the wording. There's a helmet and a shell on the back as well. It's made of bronze or some other similar metal.
Condition: Excellent - some surface wear
Size: 5.5" tall x 3" at the widest