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Antique Japanese Arita Blue and White Map Vase

$3,600
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A large and unusual porcelain vase from Arita, Japan, circa Tenpo years (1830-1844) of Edo Period. This piece of unusual blue and white Arita ware features the novel use of maps as ceramic decoration, a phenomena only appeared in Japan in the early 19th century. The vase features a map of Japan floating in the waves of the ocean with each of its provinces named in Kanji Chinese. Despite the awareness of its place in the world, a contemporaneous insularity was still reflected in the map's design, in which foreign countries were placed in the margin of the map and some was given titles such as ‘country of little people’. The vase was decorated with underglaze blue and white and the glaze displays an even crackles throughout. On the base of the vase, it was marked with four Kanji characters "Made in Tenpo years". The base was drilled at some point, likely as an attempt to make it into a lamp base, a popular western practice at the time. The so called "map" wares from Arita are mostly in the form of the large plates, and occasionally are found as vases like this piece. This creation of the "map" ware was a reflection of the growing perception of the nation as a single entity, spurred by the tumultuous interactions with the foreigners such as the Portuguese, as well as the increasing domestic travels at the time.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 16 in. (40.64 cm)Diameter: 9 in. (22.86 cm)
  • Style
    Japonisme (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1830-1844
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Fine condition, the base was drilled as shown.
  • Seller Location
    Atlanta, GA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU945012631952

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