Vase with dragon amid waves

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    Tall, slender vase with trumpet mouth. A gold dragon amid swirling waves encircles the body of green and pink enamels. A collar around the base of the neck incorporates the pearl, chased by the dragon. Stamped seal; Kume.

    A tour de force of the later cloisonné techniques, this sculptural vase in gold and graded colour enamels has a pair now in a private collection. This is almost a culmination point in the making of cloisonné, it could hardly get further from its origins than this. Unusually, this vase was made in two pieces, with a collar around the neck as a join.

    In: Impey, Oliver, and Joyce Seaman, Japanese Decorative Arts of the Meiji Period 1868-1912, Ashmolean Handbooks (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2005)

Glossary of terms

cloisonné

shakudō

Further reading

Impey, Oliver, and Joyce Seaman, Japanese Decorative Arts of the Meiji Period 1868-1912, Ashmolean Handbooks (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2005), no. 41 on p. 86, p. 8, illus. pp. 86-87

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