Object Place: Japan
Medium or Technique
wool, bast fibers, leaf, urushi lacquer
Not On View
“Leaf Vessel” consisting of wool, flax, and lacquer. Comes inside a wooden box, and with a Urushi lacquer polish. The interior of the vessel is covered in a black lacquer which extends to the exterior of the vessel, as it creates a rim (approximately 1/4 in. wide). The bottom of the interior of the vessel is decoratively splattered with a red laquer.The exterior of the vessel is decorated with wool, leaves, and flax. The different colors of wool (pale reds, grays, and black) have been felted together into a thin layer of wool which seems to mimic marbling. Some leaf specimens and flax are integrated into the wool layer.
2004, created by the artist, Clifton Monteith, Lake Ann, MI with the assistance of Jorie Johnson, Kyoto, Japan; 2013, anonymous gift to the MFA. (Accession date: June 26, 2013)
Reproduced with permission.