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For the locality situated in Värmland County in Sweden, see Väse.
A Chinese carved lacquer vase from the Yongle period of the Ming Dynasty, 15th century

A vase (/ˈvɑːz/, /ˈvs/, or /ˈvz/) is an open container, today often used to hold cut flowers. It can be made from a number of materials, such as ceramics , glass, non-rusting metals, such as aluminum, brass, bronze or stainless steel. Even wood has been used to make vases, either by using tree species that naturally resist rot, such as teak, or by applying a protective coating to conventional wood. Vases are often decorated.

Vases generally have a similar shape. Lowest is the foot, a distinguishable base to the piece. The design of the base may be bulbous, flat, carinate,[1] or another shape. Next, is the body, which forms the main portion of the piece. Resting atop the body is the shoulder, where the body curves inward. Then the neck, where the vase is given more height. Lastly, the lip, where the vase flares back out at the top. All these attributes can be seen in the picture at right. Some vases are also given handles.

In the pottery of ancient Greece "vase-painting" is the traditional term covering the famous fine painted pottery, often with many figures in scenes from Greek mythology. Such pieces may be referred to as vases regardless of their shape; most were in fact used for holding or serving liquids, and many would more naturally be called cups, jugs and so on. Various styles developed around the world in different time periods, such as Chinese ceramics and Native American pottery. In 2003, Grayson Perry won the Turner Prize for his ceramics, typically in vase form.


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  1. ^ Emmanuel Cooper. 2000. Ten Thousand Years of Pottery, fourth edition, University of Pennsylvania Press, ISBN 0-8122-3554-1, ISBN 978-0-8122-3554-8, 352 pages

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