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Dragon Vase


Rookwood Pottery (US, 1880 - 1967)

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

earthenware, glaze

Measurements:    height: 22.625 inches    diameter: 15.75 inches

Museum 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