vase - A usually round vessel which is deeper than it is wide. It can be decorative, functional, or both.
Greek, Attic, attributed to Oltos, Psykter, c. 520-510 BCE, Archaic, red-figure, terra cotta, height 11 7/8 inches (30.20 cm), Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. A psyker is a Greek vase for cooling wine when it is partly submerged inside of a krater filled with icey water.
Among the types of Greek vases are the amphora, panathenaic amphora, hydria, pelike, volute and calyx kraters, lekythos, and kylix. Also see kantharos.
Greece, Apulia, South Italy, attributed to the Painter of Louvre MNB 1148, about 330 BCE, Red-Figure Loutrophoros (Type I) with Ovoid Body, terra cotta, height 35 1/2 inches, diameter (rim) 10 1/2 inches (h. 90.1 cm, d. 26.0 cm), J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, CA.
Japan, "Sue Potter," Kofun Period, 7th century, Tall-necked vase, excavated from Kaniana Tumulus, Toba-shi, Mie, glazed pottery, height 55.7, mouth diameter 24.0 cm, Tokyo National Museum. Japanese authorities consider this to be an "Important Cultural Property." See Japanese art.
Dutch, Delft Vase, 1700-1725, ceramic, Minneapolis Institute of Arts. See cobalt.
Nicholas Lecroux (Belgium, Tournay, 1733-99), Pair of Potpourri Vases, c. 1760, porcelain, height 9 inches (22.9 cm), Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
France, Sèvres, Royal Porcelain Factory, about 1769, Pair of Lidded Vases, painted reserves attributed to Jean-Baptiste-Etienne Genest, porcelain painter, soft-paste porcelain, blue Fallot ground, gilding, gilt-bronze mounts, 3 feet 6 1/4 x 3 feet 3 3/4 x 1 foot 2 inches (107.3 x 101 x 35.5 cm), J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, CA. See French art.
John Bennett (American, 1840-1907, New York, NY), Vase, 1882, earthenware, 11 inches x 11 inches (27.9 x 27.9 cm), Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.
Attributed to George Prentiss Kendrick (United States, 1850-1919), Handled Vase, 1898-1902, stoneware, glaze, height 11 inches (27.94 cm), diameter 9 1/4 inches (23.5 cm), Los Angeles County Museum of Art. See Art Nouveau.
George Edgar Ohr (American, 1857-1918), Vase, c. 1888-1894, earthenware, height 7 1/4 inches (18.42 cm), diameter 4 7/8 inches (12.38 cm), Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Frank Lloyd Wright (American, 1867-1959) designer, James A. Miller and Brother, fabricators, Weed Vase, designed c. 1893, fabricated c. 1898, copper, 29 1/2 x 4 1/8 x 4 1/8 inches (74.93 x 10.48 x 10.48 cm), Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
University City Pottery (United States, 1909-1915), Frederick Hurten Rhead (American, born England, 1880-1942), Vase, 1911, earthenware, 17 1/4 x 5 1/8 inches (43.82 x 13.02 cm), Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Dante Marioni (American, Seattle, 1964-), Yellow Leaf Vase, 1994, glass, 32 1/4 x 7 1/2 x 2 1/4 inches, diameter [foot] 6 inches (80.6 x 18.8 x 5.6 cm, diameter [foot] 15 cm), Cincinnati Art Museum, OH.
Vases were of great importance in ancient Greece, made in numerous conventional shapes, each designed for a specific function, these designs standardized in to varying degrees, many variations depending on the period and region in which it was produced. The names of vase shapes include: alabastron, amphora, askos, cantharus, hydria, kiathos, krater, kylix, lagynos, lekythos [or lecythus], loutrophoros, oinochoe, olpe, pithos, psyker, pyxis, rhyton, skyphos, and stamnos.
Also see ikebana and niche.