Japanese Large Hand-Painted Contemporary Porcelain Vase by Master Artist, Yellow For Sale
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Japanese Large Hand-Painted Contemporary Porcelain Vase by Master Artist, Yellow


Attractive large Japanese contemporary decorative vase, hand-painted on a beautifully shaped high quality porcelain body in vivid yellow, blue and green, a signed piece by highly acclaimed award-winning master porcelain artist of the Imari-Arita region in southern Japan. The artist's profile is available upon request. Vines hang from the elegant top of the vase, cascading down the entire body with intricately detailed leaves in solid hues of blue, green and iron-red. Playful squirrels in blue with gold outlines appear here and there to feast on the ripened grapes. The squirrel-and-grape motif has a long history in China where it has traditionally been used as a symbol of fertility and rich harvest. Introduced to Japan, the motif took on a different meaning reflecting a complex play on words where squirrel is a homonym for “to master or to excel in” and grape is a homonym for “martial arts.” For this reason, the squirrel-and-grape motif was highly valued in samurai families and used extensively to decorate the handguards of samurai swords. The motif was later adopted by Imari porcelain artists to appeal to the aesthetics of the warrior class. This large contemporary decorative vase comes in a custom-made wooden box with the artist’s signature. Dimensions: H 12.25 in D 10.5 in


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    One of a Kind
  • Production time
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  • Dimensions

    H 4.83 in. x Dm 4.14 in.

    H 12.25 cm x Dm 10.5 cm

  • Diameter
    4.14 in. (10.5 cm)
  • Seller location
    Vancouver, CA
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