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A Praying Mantis clings to enamel vines creeping up the side of this unusually large terracotta cylinder by Mori Suiho enclosed in the original wooden box titled Bankogama Mushi no E Hanaike (Banko Kiln Vase with Insect Design) and signed with the Tokaen kiln name. Outside is raw clay, but inside is covered with a thin coat of transparent glaze, making it waterproof. On the base it is stamped Banko Suiho. Mori Suiho (1865-1929) was one of the most famed workers in traditional Banko ware from the Meiji to early Showa periods, and his Tokaen signature was what to look for when purchasing Banko. The vase is 36 cm (14 inches) tall, 13 cm (5 inches ) diameter and in fine condition. Most Banko ware was small items made for the sencha tea aesthetic, and large works like this are exceedingly rare, and this a museum quality work.