A 13th.century ko seto Kamakura vase in elegantly-shaped meiping form, with a gradual outward curve on the shoulder, with short-knopped neck, incised beneath the greenish-yellow / olive glaze.
The box was added by our gallery 20 years ago. It was made by a tomobako artist, and there is written 'ko seto kamakura vase' if my memory does not fool me. The vase is decorated with kanji letters.
Marked on the bottom ( maybe a kiln mark ).
It is in good condition. Only the bottle neck was probably repaired during history, and the vase was fired a second time in a kiln.
According to traditional sources, the Seto Kiln was founded by one man, Kato Kagemasa, who travelled to China in 1223 and learned the Chinese way of producing ceramics. Upon returning to Japan and the Seto area, he set up production there. There is no historical evidence that Kato Kagemasa existed but it would appear to be without a doubt that Chinese and Korean ceramics played a large role in the early history of the kiln, as many of the first products were imitations of foreign luxury objects.
This type of vase was probably used for storing liquids for both religious and non-religious ceremonies. The pronounced midriff on the neck allowed ropes and stiff paper to be tied to the top for a close seal over the plug.
Size: 28 cm height x 19 width, 2,6 kg heavy.