In the late nineteenth century, American art potteries were profoundly influenced by Japanese ceramics. Rookwood Pottery pursued a Japanese-inspired style, and in 1887 hired Kitaro Shirayamadani, an artist from Kanazawa, Japan, to help in this endeavor. On this vase, Shirayamadani skillfully combined naturalistically painted foliage with imaginative depictions of dragons.
Place object was created: Cincinnati, OH
Measurements: height: 22.625 inches diameter: 15.75 inchesMuseum Purchase: Exchange Funds from the Gifts of Harry and Mary Dalton, the Mint Museum Auxiliary, and the Home Finance Group Foundation 2000.108
Currently on view at Mint Museum UPTOWN