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  • Museum Accession No.: EA1978.667
  • Catalogue No.: 158
  • Object type: Pair of jars
  • Kiln/Location: Kakiemon, Arita
  • Period/Date: late 17th century
  • Dimensions: H. 17.8 cm and H. 21.9 cm, D. 12 cm
  • Provenance: 1968.125 and Reitlinger gift
  • Description: Pair of jars. Baluster form. Reinforced foot, inside rim unglazed for internally fitting lid (missing). Underglaze blue and Kakiemon palette. On body, underglaze blue tree peony and prunus growing from rocks, some blooms and grasses added in enamels. Chrysanthemums in between. Band of yellow and green lappets on shoulder below two bands of underglaze blue geometric ornament enclosing band of formalised red flowers on background of crosses. Band of underglaze blue triangles and double ring around the neck. Around the base, a simple band of stiff leaves between underglaze blue lines. Lids lacking.

    This is the classic baluster shape for export jars of the earlier periods, whether enamelled or blue-and-white The strong foot is characteristic. These two jars (they are not a true pair) were clearly intended to be enamelled, but the actual flowers and leaves do not conform precisely to the blue and white under the glaze; this then may be the early stage of the close cooperation that was to develop between manufacturer and enameller.

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