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China Anonymous, Chinese
Chinese Cloisonné Ku Vase, Enamel on Bronze
25 1/4 in. x 14 1/2 in. x 14 1/2 in. (64.14 cm x 36.83 cm x 36.83 cm)


Object Type: Cloisonné
Technique: Cloisonné
Creation Place: Asia, China
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Dorothy Adler Routh
Accession Number: 73.3.18


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Medium
Multicolored enamels on gilded bronze, accented with crenellated ribbing that has been applied to the surface after enameling and grinding down of the piece has been completed.

Object Description
Chinese cloisonné "Ku" (classic Chinese bronze square/rectangular shape) shaped vase with an hourglass shaped stem, cylinder neck, and rounded fluted "trumpet" mouth. The three sections are joined together from seperately made units. The vase is covered with a multicolored enamel decoration of a traditional floral pattern against a Ming turquoise blue field. The floral pattern is composed of lotus flowers, leaves, and scrolls. There is gilding over all surfaces of the metal, including the cloison wires.

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