Cloisonné vase (inlaid enamel on a copper body) depicting a wild goose flying above Japanese pampas grass, manufactured in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, in the early Meiji period (1868-1880).

The process of inlaid enamelling (cloisonné) in Japan dates back to the 8th century. Popular throughout Japan over the centuries, technical developments in the nineteenth century saw it reach its zenith in the Meiji period (1868-1912). The most important technical development being the 'Yuusen-shippo' method developed by Tsunekichi Kaji in 1833, in which fine filigree wires of brass, gold or silver are glued rather than soldered onto base metal. Then in 1868 Tsukamoto Kaisuke developed a process of applying filigree wire and fired enamel to ceramic pottery, known as 'Jitai Shippo'. And in 1879, Namikawa Sosuke (1847 to 1910) developed a technique for creating totally wireless enamel ware, 'Musen-shippo'. The elimination of wire enabled the artisan to create elaborate scenic designs that were not possible with wire.

Physical Description

Tapering cylindrical with small lip. Pale blue background, decorated with two flying birds above two Iris plants with white flowers.

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