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Baluster vase with a bear on a rock
Artist/makerHayashibe Katsunao (active c. 1900)
Material and technique
bronze, inlaid with soft metal in low relief, and with hira-zōgan (flat inlay) in soft metals
Material indexprocessed material metal alloy copper alloy bronze
Object typecontainer vessel vase baluster vase
Dimensions17.5 cm (height)
8.5 cm (diameter)
No. of items
Purchased with the assistance of the Story Fund, 1994.
Museum locationSecond floor | Gallery 36 | Japan from 1850
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Baluster shaped bronze vase inlaid in soft metals with bear on rock overlooking a stream, in low relief & and flat inlay (hira-zōgan). Engraved signature: Hayashibe Katsunao with inlaid gold seal: Nao.
No ther works by this artist seem to be recorded. This vase was exhibited at the Paris Exposition Internationale in 1900, and illustrated in the catalogue (unnumbered and unpaginated). Similar such vases, by a number of different artists, were exhibited at the same Exposition.
In: Impey, Oliver, and Joyce Seaman, Japanese Decorative Arts of the Meiji Period 1868-1912, Ashmolean Handbooks (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2005)
Impey, Oliver, and Joyce Seaman, Japanese Decorative Arts of the Meiji Period 1868-1912, Ashmolean Handbooks (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2005), no. 31 on p. 66, p. 8, illus. pp. 66-67