An image of Vase with design of cranes in flight

Meiji export crafts

(Japan circa 1872 – circa 1910)

Vase with design of cranes in flight

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.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
19th century
Media
Metalwork
Medium
copper alloy with various metal overlay
Dimensions
24.0 x 26.3 cm
Signature & date

Signed, exterior, incised "Hei/hira [illeg.] K├┤ken koku". Not dated.

Credit
Anonymous gift 2000
Accession number
150.2000