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Title

Vase with design of cranes in flight


Artist

Meiji export crafts

Japan

circa 1872 - circa 1910


About

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.


Details


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

150.2000


Artist information

Meiji export crafts

Works in the collection

25


Place

Where the work was made
Japan