Cloisonné enamel on copper alloy, gilt bronze
16 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 10 in., 9.5 lb. (41.9 x 26.7 x 25.4 cm, 4.31kg) (show scale)
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Gift of Samuel P. Avery
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Vase, 18th century. Cloisonné enamel on copper alloy, gilt bronze, 16 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 10 in., 9.5 lb. (41.9 x 26.7 x 25.4 cm, 4.31kg). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Samuel P. Avery, 09.598. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 09.598_side1_PS2.jpg)
side, 09.598_side1_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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Rather large vase, with a foot of medium height spreading at the bottom, an ovoid body and neck of medium height and width spreading just a little at the mouth. On the shoulder are attached monster masks, copied from those on archaic bronzes, holding ring handles. Copper, gilded on rims and the handles, and covered on the outside with fret patterns interspersed with dragon forms, freely copied from archaic bronzes, rudimentary t'ao t'ieh masks, and cicada shapes (these on the neck) in deep blue, green, red, white, black, and pink cloisonné enamels on a turquoise blue ground. The handles are engraved with a geometric design taken from ancient bronzes. The surface of the enamel is somewhat pitted and chipped and the gilding has darkened in a few places. The old catalogue calls this "K'ang Hsi" [Kangxi], but the shape may be indicative rather of the 18th century.
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