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Japan Anonymous, Japanese
Japanese Bronze Vase, c. 1880
Enamel on Bronze
15 1/4 in. x 8 7/8 in. x 8 1/2 in. (38.74 cm x 22.54 cm x 21.59 cm)


Object Type: Sculpture
Technique: Cast
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Dorothy Adler Routh
Accession Number: 73.3.29


Commentary
Among the earliest of the enameled pieces included in this exhibition, this bronze vase features champlevé style enameling as a means of decorating its otherwise metallic surface. This enameling, formed through the engraving and subsequent refilling of the bronze surface, features a traditional Chinese sword and taotie designs, a motif borrowed from ancient Chinese bronzes. The vertical symmetry of the design provides a sublime sense of grounded stability to the work and, in conjunction with the elongated, animalistic handles, imbues the piece with an uplifting quality.

Lance Bird (student, 2016)

Marks
The vase has the marking "Murakami Shigeru Seizo" (Manufactured by Shigeru Murakami) on the interior of the foot.

Medium
Cast darkened bronze vase with enamels.

Object Description
Japanese bronze vase with classic Chinese sword and T'ao-t'ieh decorations in areas on the body. The vase has two handles and the bronze is dark in tone. The vase is tall and fluted in shape, like a lily.

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