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  • Museum Accession No.: EA1978.637
  • Catalogue No.: 81
  • Object type: Ewer
  • Kiln/Location: Kakiemon, Arita
  • Period/Date: 1680-1700
  • Dimensions: H. 16.0 cm, L. 19.2 cm, D. 12.0 cm
  • Provenance: Reitlinger gift
  • Description: Gourd-shaped ewer. Looped flat handle, spout to body. Moulded vine leaves on handle ends and body. Around spout and body, cord with tasselled ends moulded in low relief, knotted at handle ends in high relief. Underglaze blue and enamels. Underglaze blue restricted to vine leaves, cord and two bands of cord design on handle. Vine with blue and green leaves and red stems and gourds trail across body. One bunch of gourds being devoured by a tree rat.

    There is a blue-and-white version of the shape in the Nezu Institute of Fine Arts, (Nezu, 2000, no. 73); and coloured examples in the Suntory Museum, the Kyushu Ceramic Museum, Shibata Collection, 1993, no. 151, and the Kurita Museum, 1975, pl. 28.

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