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Meiji Arts trail

Japanese spirit, Western technology; explore the changing styles and techniques of Meiji decorative arts.

Detail from Satsuma-style bowl with flowers and butterflies, Japan, c. 1900 (Museum number: EA1967.23)

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Vase with dragon amid waves

Glossary (2)

cloisonné, shakudō

  • cloisonné

    Decorative technique in which wires are attached to a metal body and coloured enamels are applied between the wires.

  • shakudō

    alloy of copper and gold, patinated to a dark blue-black colour


    • Second floor | Room 36 | Japan

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  • Japanese Decorative Arts of the Meiji Period 1868-1912 by Oliver Impey and Joyce Seaman

    Japanese Decorative Arts of the Meiji Period

    Tall, slender vase with trumpet mouth. A gold dragon amid swirling waves encircles the body of green and pink enamels. A collar around the base of the neck incorporates the pearl, chased by the dragon. Stamped seal; Kume.

    A tour de force of the later cloisonné techniques, this sculptural vase in gold and graded colour enamels has a pair now in a private collection. This is almost a culmination point in the making of cloisonné, it could hardly get further from its origins than this. Unusually, this vase was made in two pieces, with a collar around the neck as a join.

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