Iwasa Hoshu. Vase with Cranes, Carp, Orchids and Chrysanthemums. c. 1930-1940. lacquer. Funds from the David A. Yeakley bequest. 2012.297.
height: 9.25 in, 23.4950 cm; diameter: 3.5 in, 8.8900 cm
Vase with Cranes, Carp, Orchids and Chrysanthemums
by Iwasa Hoshu (active early 1900s)
about 1930-1940, Showa period
Funds from the David A. Yeakley bequest
A Tokyo artist who specialized in carved lacquer (choshitsu), Iwasa Hoshu formed the dry lacquer (kanshitsu) foundation for this cylindrical vase then added multiple layers of black and colored lacquers. He carved the images of cranes, carp, orchids, and chrysanthemums and surrounded them with geometric ornamental frames. He skillfully revealed the different jewel-like layers of colored lacquer through the depth of his relief design.
At least 2007-2012, Kaigedo Japanese Art, Seattle WA, acquired at auction in Japan; 2012, DAM collection, museum purchase.
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