- Museum Accession No.: EA1999.97
- Catalogue No.: 41
- Object type: Vase
- Kiln/Location: Early Enamelled Ware, Arita
- Period/Date: c. 1670
- Dimensions: H. 16.6 cm
- Provenance: Story Fund
- Description: Moulded vase of flattened Chinese zun shape, slightly cut down. Handles modelled as folded poem papers. Blue, red, green and black enamels. On neck, chrysanthemum spray; on shoulders, formal floral scroll; on body, chrysanthemums growing beside a whirlpool, and on foot, stylised waves, all in enamels. Incised geometric patterns on base of neck and handles. The rim mounted with a 17th-century toothed, incised silver-gilt band.
The presence of the early silver-gilt fitting over the cut-down rim suggests that this was indeed an early import into the West, though the shape is purely Japanese, where it is usually described as a 'temple vase'. An almost identical vase, barely a couple of millimetres taller, is in the British Museum.
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