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Nov 18, 2021 - Dec 29, 2021

Old Noritake

Dragon-Handled Ornamental Jar with Hōju (wish fulfillment) Pattern

Hight 13.78 (without pedestral 11.02) x caliber 5.47 x width 9.13 in


About the work

[Inscription] Hizen Arita Toshikian Kisabu

[Year of Manufacture and Artist’s Name] The Fukagawa Heizaimon Kiln /  Early Meiji Era

[Size] Hight 13.78” (without pedestal 11.02) x caliber 5.47” x width 9.13”


Created using colored clay, this jar features an unglazed, painted exterior with a clear glaze coating its interior surface. The rim of the mouth is patterned with a white inlay, while its hōju (wish-fulfillment) pattern is pasted on. Its pedestal is also formed of ceramic. The white inlay on the pale greenish-blue background creates a delicate yet beautiful contrast, while the clear blue color of the pasted-on hōju pattern is also singularly attractive. This jar is a masterpiece of the Fukagawa Heizaimon Kiln from the early Meiji Era.

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