Curator’s notes:

    Okyo was a farmer's son who went to Kyoto to train with the Kano master Ishida Yutei (1721-86), and became a popular and extremely influential artist as well as the founder of a major new painting school. He specialised in a close observation of nature, but the scrolls also demonstrate the influences he received from the tradition of Chinese bird-and-flower painting.

    Meiwa Japanese vase

    SKU: cmc45440

    £255.00 Members' price *


    This vase has been designed exclusively for the British Museum using imagery from a pair of Japanese hanging scrolls in the Museum's collection.

    The scrolls were painted by the artist Maruyama Okyo in the Meiwa era, dated around 1764-1772. Prunus blossom, peonies, birds and chrysanthemums are featured, which have been interpreted in the illustrations seen here.

    The artist of the scrolls, Maruyama Okyo, revolutionised Japanese art by introducing elements of Western- derived spatial structure and generally renovating the art of large-scale screen painting. The scrolls are thought to date from his thirties, a period of intense study when Okyo was making careful copies of Chinese and Japanese paintings in a wide variety of styles.

    The vase is hand sculpted from optical crystal glass and meticulously painted with a very fine brush.

    Discover more the original painting that inspired this piece here


    Product code: cmc45440
    World culture: Japan
    Materials: Hand-painted optical crystal glass
    Details: Handmade by specialist artists.
    Size: 25cm x 4.5cm x 4.5cm
    Weight: 0.98kg
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