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.
Metal with cloisonne decoration
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Gift of Mrs. William E. S. Griswold in memory of her father, John Sloane
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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)
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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.
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