Japanese 20th Century Art Deco Bronze Vase | Doumedaru Tsubo

The Japanese art deco movement was a breakaway from the conventional form of art practiced throughout the centuries in Japan. This was the same role that art deco played in most of the other places where it sprung up. The movement began to create ripples in the world of art after 1925, and was a shift towards modernity. It was a welcome transition from the traditional fine arts that were practiced in Japan before the First World War.

The Japanese artists of the time strived to capture the image of modern life as well as the rapid progress that was taking place around the world. Japanese artists used art deco to put forward their national identity and meanings. They did this by using their own decorative elements, as well as traditional subject matter. The influence of Japanese art deco was seen in the homes of wealthy people and the objects they collected. It can rightly be said that it was the Art Deco movement that brought the first real big change in traditional arts of Japan and fused those arts with modern trends as illustrated in this Tsubo.

Shown in these images is a wonderful Bronze vase with an elegant and intricate art deco style and ornamentation. It is in excellent condition. For the record, bronze is a metal alloy consisting primarily of copper, usually with tin as the main additive. It is hard and brittle, and it was particularly significant in antiquity. But since “bronze” is a somewhat imprecise term, and historical pieces have variable compositions, in particular with a unclear boundary with brass, modern museum and scholarly descriptions of older objects increasingly use the more cautious term “copper allow” instead. Showa Period (Mid 20th/c). Dimensions: 6-0”dia x 4 ¾”h.

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