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Fabulous Japanese Ginbari Cloisonne Enamel Dragon Vase, Meji Period
Finding such pristine examples of Ginbari cloisonne is difficult, as so many of these turn-of-the-century pieces suffered breaks in the enamel through the years. But this piece has been well cared for. The subject matter is the 3-toed Japanese dragon, which resembles a serpent. This one is particularly interesting because the artist chose a more delicate lavender for its primary color instead of dark hues, such as the typical dark green. Since lavender is a color representing femininity, perhaps this beauty is a “she.” :) With dragon-fierceness, she is flying across a sky that segues from pale powder blue to a vibrant turquoise. One of the loveliest Japanese cloisonne pieces we've seen!
Enamel is totally smooth to the touch, with the exception of cloisonne wirework around the design. Base metal is bronze. Color variations are within the enamel-work; not damage to the piece. White spots in some of the pictures are the result of photography lighting.
7” tall; top rim is 1” in diameter; base is 1 5/8” in diameter; vase is approx 2 3/4” at widest part of shoulders
No markings or signature
Dates from late 1800's to early 1900's (Meji period)
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