Inventory Number C0011

Size 6 3/4" H x 5" W

Material Earthenware

Period Art Nouveau

Country of Origin Finland

Year c. 1902

This colorful vase, whose shape seems to reverse and modify the traditional shape of a mosque lamp, is part of Arabia's "Fennia" range, which was produced from 1902 until the 1920s. Its form and décor are an expression of the search for a national language of art, a motive common to most Western nations at the turn of the 20th century. The color scheme is dominated by brick red, with areas of pale green, peach and ochre, all of which are contained within thin black margins. The swastika symbol was not associated with anti-Semitism at the time this vase was created.

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