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    Posted 5 years ago

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    When I look at my Japanese glass collection I am amazed at the diversity of method and style, and their incorporation of Western themes and objects into their production. This is a piece that demonstrates this well.

    This panel has been made by Kurata Glass, a maker who has produced volumes of pressed glass, including for Mikasa, has made cameo glass, lead crystal, iridescent glass, and of course exciting and different hand made pieces.

    The relief on this glass panel is a copy of one side of the Ludovisi Throne, and depicts a young Greek girl, sitting cross legged and playing the twin flute, or aulos. I would not have thought this image particularly well known or relevant to late 20th century Japan, yet here is one of Japan's leading glass houses making a mould to press this image.

    The panel is sizeable at 25cm x 28cm, and had been made to hang. The pressing appears to have been rimless, or it has been made to give that impression. The back is flow glass flat, but as you can see the front face has been deliberately made to be lumpy, and the general outcome is quite rustic. In fact it is perfectly made, and quite beautiful.

    I now must find a window from which to hang it.

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    1. bijoucaillouvintage bijoucaillouvintage, 5 years ago
      Oh it's so pretty softly illuminated by light bulb! You could use it like that?
    2. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Beautiful! And your pic is outstanding, Karen!
    3. Mrstyndall Mrstyndall, 5 years ago
      Wow-cool piece!! Nice find.
    4. MALKEY MALKEY, 5 years ago
      subdued graceful gracious piece !!!!!!!! Karen
    5. sklo42 sklo42, 5 years ago
      Proof again that the technique of pressing can produce truly beautiful pieces. Gorgeous!
    6. Manikin Manikin, 5 years ago
      Stunning ! wow
    7. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 5 years ago
      Wow, beautiful and unusual. I've never seen anything like it.
    8. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 5 years ago
      I love this too. Just make sure that when you do hang it that the wire, leather or whatever material is used to hang it from is not very long. Well, here anyway, we have to watch for the earthquakes where if it were to swing too much, it could hit the window and the result would be obvious. Can you tell I've see it happen before! Even with the wind. It's just such a great piece.
    9. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Sorry all, been behind in my responses.
      Thanks everyone, so glad you like it and have commented, or clicked the love button.

    10. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 5 years ago
    11. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Thanks VL!
    12. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 5 years ago
      Glad to see you are feeling a bit better! Don't worry about anything Karen...we all love you!
    13. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Thanks mate.
    14. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 5 years ago
    15. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Thank you Kivatinitz for the love and comment.
    16. Anik Anik, 4 years ago
      What a beautiful piece!
    17. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
      Thanks Anik, glad you saw it and love it!
    18. Tahiti1 Tahiti1, 4 years ago
      So very beautiful!
    19. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
      Thanks very much Tahiti.
    20. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
      STUNNING !!!
    21. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
      Thanks sweet Sean
    22. Dawnlady1 Dawnlady1, 2 months ago
      How beautiful this is. It must look stunning hanging in your window when the sun shines through it.
    23. racer4four racer4four, 2 months ago
      I’m glad you found this in my archives Dawnlady!
      Thanks for the love and comment, and yes it’s looking great in a window now.

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