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A Fine Japanese Arita Pitcher with Pomegranates – Meiji
$375.00

This lovely small blue and white pitcher with underglaze decoration probably comes from the Arita kilns. The pitcher’s decoration consists of stem of pomegranates and leaves. The pouring lip has a very graceful curve to it. The pitchers measures 4” high by 2 1/2” diameter and is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or restorations. We date it to the early Meiji period, circa 1870s – 1890s.

The base of the pitcher has a potters mark that translates as "Nenki An" (the studio or kiln name) and "Kizo Sei"(Kizo made). The side marking is in calligraphy and we could not get a full translation of whole thing; however, the right site bottom two letters are " Rich taste".

The Pomegranate (zakuro in Japanese) has special cultural significance, especially in connection with KISHIBOJIN (sometimes called Kishimojin or kariteimo), a popular Goddess of childbirth and motherhood who can usually be seen holding a pomegranate in her right hand. The reason for this is quite simple — zakuro are bursting with an abundance of juicy seeds — making it a perfect symbol of fertility. It represents the wish for numerous children and the attainment of sexual maturity by a woman.



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