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Japan Anonymous, Japanese
Japanese Bronze Vase with Champlevé, late 19th c.
Enamel on Bronze
12 1/8 in. x 11 3/4 in. x 7 1/2 in. (30.8 cm x 29.85 cm x 19.05 cm)

Object Type: Cloisonné
Technique: Champlevé
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Dorothy Adler Routh
Accession Number: 73.2.10

No marks.

Multicolored champlevé enamels on cast bronze.

Object Description
Japanese cast bronze vase with champlevé work executed in multicolored enamels of blue, red, green, and yellow, against a textured background. The basic design is comprised of warriors and bannermen. The vase has two T'ao T'ieh mask handles with rings on top which appear as later additions on the object. The vase has a fluted neck, and is wider near the top.

This piece, decorated with warriors and with ring handles, shows clearly certain characteristics of champlevé: the varying widths of the metal dividing bands, and the larger decorative bronze areas which contribute very much to the design. The style of the figures and the gesture of the young attendant at the lower left are unmistakably Japanese. This piece is difficult to date; comparatively crude in execution, it may be one of the ninteenth-century copies of Ming that were made in Japan.

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