An image of Large vase decorated with sculptured lotus and frogs and incised water pattern and water plants

Meiji export crafts

(Japan circa 1872 – circa 1910)

Large vase decorated with sculptured lotus and frogs and incised water pattern and water plants

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
Dimensions
54.2 x 54.0 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Anonymous gift 2000
Accession number
151.2000