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Japan Anonymous, Japanese
Japanese Cloisonné Brass Bowl with a Geometric Patter, c. 1850
Enamel on Brass
5 1/2 in. x 8 in. x 8 in. (13.97 cm x 20.32 cm x 20.32 cm)


Object Type: Cloisonné
Technique: Cloisonné
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Dorothy Adler Routh
Accession Number: 73.3.32


Marks
Embossed seal on the bottom.

Medium
Multicolored enamels on brass.

Object Description
Japanese cloisonné rounded globular brass bowl with a variety of geometric patterns executed in multicolored champlevé enamels. The crowded geometric designs include hexagonal tortoiseshell patterns with karahana flowers, stacked three-pronged tortoiseshell patterns, rolling half-waves, and overlapping circles. The bowl appears to have originally been designed to emphasize asymmetry and was probably used as a water jar. The enamels are opaque, cloudy, and very pitted. Champlevé enamelware is created by cutting cells out of the metal body and filling the colored enamels into the sunken compartments, rather than creating compartments using fine wires.

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