The art pottery movement in America was profoundly influenced by Japanese wares. Rookwood Pottery, in particular, pursued a Japanese-inspired style, and in 1887 hired Kitaro Shirayamadani, a native of Kanazawa, Japan. On this vase, Shirayamadani skillfully combined naturalistically painted foliage with imaginative depictions of dragons, whose faces take on human characteristics.
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 RANDOLPH