Lidded vase, unsigned

Lidded vase, unsigned

Lidded vase
Unsigned
Nagoya, Japan
c.1890
Height 21.6 cm
Museum no. 614-1894

By the 1890s the V&A was much more aware of the dates and names of cloisonné makers, though attributions on some examples of Japanese art would continue to be vague and mistakes were often made. This rather elegant unsigned covered vase was described as beign the work of 'Nami-Kawa of Kioto' [sic] when in fact it was far more probably made in Nagoya. The vase is decorated with dragons, stylized mythical killer whales (shachi), a creature long associated with Nagoya, and stylised Hō-ō (phoenix).