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  • Museum Accession No.: EA1984.2
  • Catalogue No.: 153
  • Object type: Vase
  • Kiln/Location: Blue-and-white, Arita
  • Period/Date: early 18th century
  • Dimensions: H. 52.0 cm
  • Provenance: Eric North Fund
  • Description: Birdcage vase. Trumpet-shaped vase moulded in low relief with bands short of foot and around the unglazed waist from which rise five moulded, pointed unglazed lappets. Areas above and below moulding with underglaze blue decoration of peony flowers and foliage. Inner rims decorated with very finely painted dragons.

    This is an example of a vase, originally similar to no. 152, which has been stripped of all its fittings. It demonstrates that both the elephant-head handles and the birds were attached after firing of the vase; the former were attached by using lacquer as glue, the latter stand on textile-wrapped wire legs. The lacquer lappets vary considerably even among the specimens at Dresden. The areas to which anything was to be attached have been slightly roughened and left unglazed in order to facilitate adhesion.

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