Six-sided jar

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

    Arita, Saga prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Porcelain with cobalt pigment under clear colorless glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 41.6 x 33.2 x 33.2 cm (16 3/8 x 13 1/16 x 13 1/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Wheel-thrown shape (throwing marks visible on interior), deformed into six vertical facets, their edges accentuated by applied vertical strips of clay smoothed to sharp edges. The base is glazed. The inside of the neck, where a domed lid would have rested, is unglazed.
    A single image fills the entire body nearly to the base; peony and chrysanthemum plants in full bloom in a garden, with rockery and ornamental fences, smaller plants and grasses. A narrow border of pointed motifs circle the lower wall above the projecting base. On the six facets of the neck, bilaterally symmetrical abstract peony sprays alternate with lozenge pattern.
  • Origin

    Arita, Saga prefecture, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. John Alexander Pope
  • Type

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