Vase with dragon amid wavesOn display
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Vase with dragon amid waves
Artist/makerKumeno Teitaro (1865 - 1939)
Material and technique
gold, with cloisonné enamel; metal collar, probably shakudō
Dimensions21.6 cm (height)
4 cm (diameter)
No. of items
Purchased with the assistance of the Story Fund, 1999.
Museum locationSecond floor | Gallery 36 | Japan from 1850
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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
Decorative technique in which wires are attached to a metal body and coloured enamels are applied between the wires.
alloy of copper and gold, patinated to a dark blue-black colour
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