Winged vessel

Clifton Monteith, Jorie Johnson

Object Place: Japan


Height x length x width: 12.7 x 13.3 x 19.1 cm (5 x 5 1/4 x 7 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

wool, bast fibers, leaf, urushi lacquer

Not On View


Asia, Contemporary Art, Textiles and Fashion Arts



“Winged Vessel”, consisting of wool, leaf, flax, and lacquer. The vessel seems to resemble somewhat of an irregularly shaped vase. The interior of the vessel is a black lacquer. The lacquer extends from the interior to the exterior, as it creates somewhat of a rim (approximately 1/4 in. wide) around the top of the vessel. The vessel is “winged”, as a seemingly biomorphic shape is abstractly representative of a wing. The “wing” is covered in black lacquer, it extends from the interior, and looms over the rest of the object. The exterior of the vessel is decorated with wool, leaves, and flax. The different colors of wool (pale green, white, 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)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift


Reproduced with permission.