Here is a striking Hirado porcelain vase of elegant baluster form with
flared neck. Along its rim, Greek fret design in underglaze blue
adds to the overall elegance of the vase. Upon its body, a scene of Immortals is
executed in soft shades of underglaze blue. Fukurokuju, Daikoku and
Ebisu (three of the Seven Lucky Gods) are engaged in conversation with
their corresponding attributes at their sides.
A landscape with bamboo, pine and sakura serves as backdrop to this
scene, while on the reverse two flying cranes symbolize longevity-a
trait shared by these happy gods. This Hirado vase is in excellent
condition with no chips, cracks or restoration.
19th Century, Japan