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Cloisonne Vase, c. 1912
Enamel on Metal
13 in. x 10 1/2 in. (33.02 cm x 26.67 cm)
For more than a millennium, the Japanese have loved sakura (cherry blossoms) because the flowers bloom for a short, glorious time, and then their petals scatter in the wind—a reminder of the transience of life and the Buddhist concept of impermanence. Just as we should relish the moment of the full bloom because the moment will pass, we should also realize that dark, difficult moments do pass as well. This very Japanese flower is celebrated in this elegant cloisonné enamel vase by Ando Jubei. It depicts cherry blossoms with a willow tree—two Japanese symbols of spring—a season that always brings with it beauty and hope.
Meher McArthur, Meher McArthur, Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Curator of Academic Programs and Collections
Artist's insignia wired in enamel
enamel on metal
A vase in baluster form with double shoulder, and a Moriage design (high relief) upon a beige ground. The subject, a cherry in blossom and a willow tree, is depicted in two levels of reliefs. The intermingling of the willow and cherry, in sculpted silver wire, creates deep perspective. The splendor of spring blossoms and green willow bows communicate a feeling of fresh air and sunlight. This late Meiji design protrays the height of techinque in wire and enameling with intricacy and beauty, and successfully creates the type of images found in paintings.
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