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A Tall Kutani Vase with Multiple Figures â Meiji

A Tall Kutani Vase with Multiple Figures – Meiji

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Stoneware: Pre 1910: Item # 728857

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An interesting Japanese pottery vase from the Kutani kilns. The vase has an elaborate scene of scholars or immortals covering the main body of the vase. One immortal is riding a crane – we do not know the symbolism of this one. Another shows the Kinko Sennin riding a fish. Yet another has an immortal on the back of a minogame. Surrounding these three are other scholars or immortals standing around on a dark red enamel ground.

The vase measures 9 ¼” high and is 4” in diameter. The colors of the thick enamel are the traditional colors of the Kutani palette – red, green, yellow, blue and lavender. We date the vase to the Meiji period, circa 1880-1900. The mark on the base is the FUKU mark – which stands for good fortune. The condition is generally good – ther are at least five spots where the enamel has chipped off.

One of the figures shown is that of an Immortal on the back of a minogame. The Minogame is a terrapin or tortoise so old that water weed grows on its carapace; sometimes carrying an Immortal on its back. The minogame is a symbol of longevity and felicity.