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Kakiemon-style Double-gourd-shaped Ewer

Location

JAPAN, HIZEN PROVINCE, SAGA PREFECTURE
Arita ware

Era

Edo period (1615-1868)

Title

Kakiemon-style Double-gourd-shaped Ewer

Date

Possibly late 17th c.

Materials

Porcelain, painted decoration in underglaze blue, polychrome enamel and gilding

Dimensions

11.5 x 13.8 x 9.3 cm

Credits

Adaline Van Horne Bequest, inv. 1944.Dp.93a-b

Collection

Archeology and World Cultures

Naturalistic renderings of gourds were especially popular in the Edo period, a time when an interest in the observation of plants flourished. This double-gourd ewer has a twisted vine handle attached to the rim and to the lower section of the body. Two leaves have been applied at the junctions of the handle and the body. The white glazed body has a finely painted enamel decoration of flowering vine trails in red, blue and green, with some gilding. The vine continues in moulded relief on one side of the body. The double gourd, common in both Chinese and Japanese art, is a symbol of long life and one of the attributes of the Daoist Immortals.

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