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A Fine Japanese Arita Pitcher with Pomegranates – Meiji

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A Fine Japanese Arita Pitcher with Pomegranates – Meiji
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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