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.
Place where the work was made
Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
copper alloy with various metal overlay
24.0 x 26.3 cm
Signature & date
Signed, exterior, incised "Hei/hira [illeg.] Kôken koku". Not dated.
Anonymous gift 2000
Not on display