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  • Museum Accession No.: EA1978.756
  • Catalogue No.: 155
  • Object type: Vase
  • Kiln/Location: Blue-and-white with added enamels, Arita
  • Period/Date: late 17th century
  • Dimensions: H. 31.8 cm
  • Provenance: Reitlinger gift
  • Description: Trumpet vase. Cut down. Underglaze blue, later enamels: red, turquoise, yellow, aubergine, grey, black. The sage Kanzan stands beside a lake with waterfall, prunus and rocks in background in underglaze blue. Enamels used to add flowers to rocks, extra blossoms, leaves, and fire clouds above. Fitted with internal European metal beaker.

    Perhaps as much as 7 cm has been cut from the top. The small areas of added enamels do little to help the decoration. This must have originally been one of a pair, for where is Jittoku? The painting on this vase is of exceptionally fine quality, suggesting, with the subject matter so unusual (and unsuitable?) for an export piece, a special order of some kind. Kanzan and Jittoku were revered as sennin who lived together almost as madmen, conversing in a language known only to themselves.

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