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Japanese Antique Hirado Mizusashi with Kirin and Baku

Japanese Antique Hirado Mizusashi with Kirin and Baku


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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Ceramics: Pre 1900: Item # 1341387

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A Hirado porcelain fresh water jar (mizusashi) for use in the tea ceremony. This lovely work is delicately rendered with under glaze blue images of two kirin scampering among stylized clouds on a white-glazed ground. The potter has created a harmonious blend of soft hues of blue glaze on a lustrous gray-white surface, the finial sculpted as another mythological creature, the baku. (The kirin and baku, creatures of Japanese folklore are associated with special meaning: the kirin, the equivalent of the unicorn, personifying goodness, purity and gentleness. The baku devours bad dreams, its image often used as a talisman against nightmares). This elegant Hirado porcelain mizusashi is in very good condition. Height: 9.25” 19th Century, Japan