A blue and white vessel. Looks like it is intended as a birdbath with feeder for a garden or an aviary. It could also be used as a vase or planter but the interior decoration of a chrysanthemum spray would then be obscured. It is formed as if stalks of bamboo composing three feet, a bird feeder (rising from the rim), and all together forming a larger, circular vessel - as indicated above, we believe a birdbath. Suitable to the supposed purpose and the form, the vessel is decorated with chidori and bamboo leaves in blue underglaze. If not actually Hirado production, it is certainly that type. The kaolin used holds its form well, the unglazed underside has a smooth if not matte finish feeling to the fingernail as uncooked macaroni (I borrow an analogy I have previously heard unglazed Hirado clay described by.) A warm, caramel color appears just where the glaze meets the base and again along the flat, apparently thinly glazed rim. Good condition with two tiny, old rim flakes filled. Diameter between 6 3/4 inches (17.14 cm) to 7 inches (17.78 cm). Height about 3 5/8 inches (9.21 cm) to the rim of the bath and 4 3/8 inches (11.11 cm) to the rim of the feeder.