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A Kutani Vase - Shape of the Ancient Chinese Gu Edo

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A Kutani Vase - Shape of the Ancient Chinese Gu  Edo
A lovely Japanese Kutani Ware vase in the shape of one of the most copied of early Chinese bronze forms the GU. This Gu has the expected wide opening at the top it narrows to a slimmer waist, which has a raised band decorated with designs of dragons and pines and widening again towards the base. These reserves on the raised band at the middle are on a background of geometric yellow and brown grid lines. The upper and lower sections of the gu are decorated with a design of evergreen trees in browns, yellow. blue and green overglaze enamels. The dimensions on the Kutani vase are 9 3/4" high by 3 1/2" diameter at the top rim and 3" diameter at the bottom rim.

We date the Gu to the late Edo to early Meiji periods(1800-1870) . Ko Kutani is made in Arita area as Kutani piece in early Edo period. This Gu was made in the Ko Kutani style in late Edo period. On the base it has the Kaku Fuku mark of Ko Kutani which stands for Good Fortune.

A Gu was an early Chinese form normally in bronze that was a tall, slim wine cup with no handles and with a wide opening at the top and a base of lesser diameter - early Shang to Western Zhou, 13th century.. This simplicity of the Gu has been handed down for centuries.

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