Height: 18.5 cm (7.3 in)
Width: 11.4 cm (4.5 in)
This unique Satsuma vase is hand potted and shaped to resemble a cloth bag with a tied sash drawing in the neck. The piece is unsigned, but is definitely by a master artist. There a two main panels of figures, one of a group of Lohan gathered around a dragon and the other showing young children studying scrolls. The gilt borders surrounding the panels are very well done. Between these panels, decoration includes fine diaper work of polychrome enamelling along with numerous colourful and detailed butterflies of all sizes. This vase is quite heavy and would date to the early Meiji Period. It is in very good condition with a little wear to the gilt decoration and rim. There are no chips, cracks or restoration, just the usual crazing showing on the white ground.