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An image of Vase with design of cranes in flight by Meiji export crafts

Meiji export crafts

(Japan circa 1872 – circa 1910)

Title
Vase with design of cranes in flight
Place of origin
Japan
Period
Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
Year
19th century
Media category
Metalwork
Materials used
copper alloy with various metal overlay
Dimensions

24.0 x 26.3 cm

Signature & date
Signed, exterior, incised "Hei/hira [illeg.] Kôken koku". Not dated.
Credit
Anonymous gift 2000
Accession number
150.2000
Location
Not on display
Further information

The two vases (Acc.no. 150.2000 & 151.2000) show clear characteristics of Meiji craft with their superior techniques and traditional motifs. When the Edo period ended, the warrior class was disbanded and the carrying of swords and armour was prohibited. As a result, metalwork craftsmen lost their patrons and were in dire straits. The new government's policy to promote crafts as a major export industry found an outlet in international expositions in Europe, America and Australia. Many works from this period are thus found outside Japan.

Asian Art Dept., AGNSW, May 2000.