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Title

Vase with design of cranes in flight

19th century

Artist

Meiji export ware

Japan

circa 1872 - circa 1910

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → 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
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Meiji export ware

    Works in the collection

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  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

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