An unusual Japanese Meiji period antique bronze paperweight in the form of of two turtles on what appears to be a leaf. Signed with a seal mark. It measures 6 3/4" x 1 1/2" and is very heavy bronze.
The Meiji Era was the 44-year period of Japan's history from 1868 to 1912 when the country was under the rule of the great Emperor Mutsuhito. Also called the Meiji Emperor, he was the first ruler of Japan to wield actual political power in centuries. An Era of Change