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  • Museum Accession No.: EA1978.461
  • Catalogue No.: 305
  • Object type: Bottle
  • Kiln/Location: Imari
  • Period/Date: mid- to late 17th century
  • Dimensions: H. 23.8 cm, D. 10.0 cm; Dresden inventory number N 153 in burnt ink on base
  • Provenance: Reitlinger gift
  • Description: Bottle of hexagonal section. Tall narrow neck, body tapering to foot, flat, unglazed base. Grey paste. Red, orange, yellow, blue, aubergine, and black enamels with gold. On one side of body, a tree peony and two birds in flight; on other, prunus with one bird. Flowers in red, orange and gold, and leaves in blue, aubergine and yellow, extend round body. On neck, alternate descending red leaf and gold scroll design from gold-edged rim. Band of red key-fret pattern around foot.

    An unusual type, with a spare use of colour; the lack of green is especially noticeable. For an identical bottle in the Groninger Museum, Groningen, see Jorg, 2003, no. 59.

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