Vase with goshawk, Japan

Vase with goshawk, Japan

Vase with goshawk
Made by Miyagawa Kozan, Makuzu kiln
Japan, Ota, Yokohama
About 1875
Stoneware, with crackled cream glaze and high-relief moulding
Museum no. 308-1879

Japan's Meiji period (1868-1912) was characterised by a programme of modernisation that included active economic and cultural engagement with Europe and the USA. Ceramic production thrived under a new drive to compete with industrial nations in the West.

This vase, with its unusual high-relief decoration, was made for export. It was intended to satisfy an extreme strand in Victorian taste.