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  • Museum Accession No.: EA1989.6
  • Catalogue No.: 107
  • Object type: Vase
  • Kiln/Location: Blue-and-white, Arita
  • Period/Date: 1670-90
  • Dimensions: H. 46.5 cm, D. 23.9 cm
  • Provenance: Story Fund
  • Description: Trumpet-shaped vase. Chinese gu shape. Splayed, re-entrant foot, a flaring mouth, and a bulging section in the middle. Underglaze blue decoration. On the lower part, above a band of stylised ascending flag design, the 'Three Friends', continuing onto the upper part, the middle section with three peony blossoms in dense karakusa scrolling.

    This common Chinese shape is rare in Japanese porcelain; the central bulb varies considerably in size in the few known examples, suggesting different origins within Arita. See Porcelain for Palaces, 1990, no. 49, for a form where the central bulb is almost vestigial.

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