The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures

Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
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Hand Formed Modern Japanese Bronze Vase by Mitsui Asoo


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Directory: Artists: Metalwork: Pre 1980: Item # 1434455

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A very unusual hand beaten architectural vase by important post-war metal artist Mitsui Asoo enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 40 cm (16 inches) tall, 18 cm (7 inches) wide and in excellent condition.
Mitsui Yasoo was born in Sano City, Tochigi prefecture North of Tokyo in 1910. He graduated the metal crafts department of the Tokyo School of Fine Arts in 1933, and was first accepted into the Teiten National Exhibition the following year. He would subsequently exhibit with the Shin Bunten, Nihon Gendai Kogeiten Modern Crafts Exhibition, and Nitten where he would receive the Hokutosho prize in 1953 and 1955, the beginnings of a long list of awards received over his lifetime. He accepted a professorship in his alma matter in 1963, where he helped to shape the subsequent generations of metal artists. From 1971 he would serve as head of the Japanese Metal Artists Society (Nihon Kinkosakka Kyokai). He retired from the University in 1978, and died in 1999. Work by him is held in the Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art, Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts as well as the Tokyo University of Art Museum. For more see: Expansion of Hammerd Work, Mitsui Asoo and Followers (1993).