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Pair of Vases

Nanri Kajū II, Japanese, 1817 - 1880

Made in Hizen (present-day Saga Prefecture), Japan, Asia

Meiji Period (1868-1912)

Late 19th century

Porcelain with underglaze blue and overglaze enamel and gilt decoration (Arita ware)

1897-351: 29 13/16 × 10 3/8 inches (75.7 × 26.3 cm) 1897-351a: 29 5/8 × 10 13/16 inches (75.3 × 27.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

* Gallery 242, Asian Art, second floor

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
The General Hector Tyndale Memorial Collection, 1897

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Some of the largest showcase vases in the Japanese displays were from the Arita kilns in the Province of Hizen (present-day Saga Prefecture). In his report on the ceramics, General Hector Tyndale noted, "The moulding is at times of surprising clearness and ingenuity, and the tours de force, so to speak, in potting are very remarkable; as, for example, a pair of large cylindrical vases surrounded by a complete case of open-work of oviform outline, even and true in texture." This description could very well refer to these vases.

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