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Arita, Hizen province [Japan]

Pair of pouring vessels or kendi 1670-90

Porcelain painted in ‘Kakiemon-style’, with overglaze enamels | 20.8 x 33.8 x 14.6 cm (whole object) | RCIN 1047

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Early Japanese export porcelain imitated Chinese styles already popular in Europe. This piece takes the form of a vessel used for offerings and ritual handwashing. Bird and flower motifs allude to Chinese painting.