Vase (Tête de monstre japonais), Émile Gallé, 1876
This vase displays the glass artist Émile Gallé’s response to Far Eastern art. Its shape is based on the ferocious Japanese lion deity shisa (or shishi), which occurs as a temple guardian throughout Asia. The vase is called ‘Head of a Japanese monster’. The manes around its gaping mouth are engraved, as is the grasshopper on its cheek.