This is a most unusual baluster-shaped porcelain vase picturing a delightful soft-feathered, mauve-colored bird perched upon a fruiting branch, surrounded by an array of full-blown roses with thorny stems. The entire visual presents a paradox to the viewer since the bird, possibly predatory, has the appearance of a songbird and the thorns, a beautiful underglaze red, communicate beauty rather than sharpness...The marvelous mauve flowers, berries and underglaze blue leaves create a lush environment placed strategically on a startling white ground. This vase is, of course, the work of the master ceramist, Makuzu Kozan. His rectangular, underglaze blue signature cartouche is on the base. This excellent example of the master's art is in perfect condition with no cracks, damages or restoration. Meiji Period. Height, 9.5".Japan.