This is one of ten original urns that punctuated the complex, horizontal facade of the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. The hotel was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959). The Imperial Hotel was considered one of Wright's most famous and respected buildings. The hotel was demolished in 1968 but some portions were preserved including this urn. The form of the urn - a circle defined by interlocking squares, is consistent with Wright's decorative use of geometric shapes throughout the hotel. The monumental urn is now on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where I took this photo.
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