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The top half of this fanciful plate depicts Fujin, the Japanese god of wind. He slings his heavy bag of wind over his muscled shoulders on a background of swirling air. The depiction of Fujin represents the pictorial, almost painterly, use of the cloisonné medium that was favored in nineteenth-century Japan. However, the lower section of the plate makes direct reference to the Chinese cloisonné tradition, with repeated patterns of birds and leaves against the popular turquoise ground. This plate is a rare example of the documented use of such Japanese imports in an American interior—used by Herter Brothers in the interior of the Fifth Avenue house of John Sloane in 1882.
CULTURE Japanese
MEDIUM Metal with cloisonne decoration
  • Place Made: Japan
  • DATES 19th century
    DIMENSIONS 1 1/4 x 12 in. (3.2 x 30.5 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 41.980.47
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. William E. S. Griswold in memory of her father, John Sloane
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Plaque, circular shape, cloisonne enamel, interior shows a demon carrying a bag also birds and leaves are shown. Exterior shows typical scrolls and rosettes mostly on turquoise blue ground.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Japanese. Plate, 19th century. Metal with cloisonne decoration, 1 1/4 x 12 in. (3.2 x 30.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. William E. S. Griswold in memory of her father, John Sloane, 41.980.47. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.41.980.47.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.41.980.47.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2012
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