Sculptural Vessel

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Object Name: 
Sculptural Vessel
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Overall H: 72.4 cm; Base Diam: 16 cm
Not on Display
Credit Line: 
6th Rakow Commission, purchased with funds from the Juliette K. and Leonard S. Rakow Endowment Fund
Web Description: 
Hiroshi Yamano started his "From East to West" series in the late 1980s, while he was a graduate student at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The symbolic decoration of fish, water, and mountains refers to his dual life as a resident of the United States and Japan. This Rakow Commission reflects the increasing interest in contemporary glass in Japan. While studio glass developed later in Japan than in the United States and Europe, there are many influential Japanese artists working in glass today.
From East to West
Yamano, Hiroshi (Japanese, b. 1956), Source
91 Yamano Hiroshi
Engraved near base edge
Primary Description: 
Colorless and black 8% lead glasses, metallic silver and bronze, aquamarine; blown black glass, marvered with silver-leaf, engraved with dental tools after annealing, copper electroplating, patinated, pâte de verre base, sandblasted, assembled with UV adhesive (bronze fish to cone, to patty, to body, base to body), cast bronze fish. Tall elongated hollow shape with tapered closed rounded top, topped with colorless matte patty and small solid cone (almost completely covered in silver-leaf) tipped with a solid bronze fish with aquamarine patination; overall decoration on body of fused silver-leaf stylized linear fish (with teeth) with engraved details swimming mainly in one direction between jagged mountains, copper electroplated background, "back side" has broad areas of un-electroplated silver (with aqua coloration showing through silver) at base and smaller sections at middle and top; body rests on solid matte colorless circular base pad with pattern of circular indentations and four short solid matte feet; no pontil; inscribed in script near base edge: "91 Yamano Hiroshi".
Contemporary Glass Vessels: Selections from the Corning Museum of Glass (2015) illustrated, p. 39, 130-131 (fig. 85, plate 42); BIB# 149403
Beauty of the Beasts (2004-11-14) illustrated, p. 4E;
The Past Ten Years of Contemporary Glass (1996) illustrated, p. 609, fig. 7; BIB# AI48527
The Corning Museum of Glass and the Finger Lakes Region (1993) illustrated, p. 7, #11; BIB# 35681
Recent Important Acquisitions, 34 (1992) illustrated, p. 155, #67; BIB# AI30154
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1991 (1992) illustrated, p. 13; BIB# AI96378