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Arita, Hizen province [Japan]

Pair of vases third quarter 17th century

Porcelain painted in purplish grey underglaze blue | H 41.7 cm, 42.2 cm (whole object) | RCIN 1206

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This vase imitates the shape and deep blue palette of wares from Ming China. Around the mouth are the ‘Three Friends of Winter’ – pine, bamboo and plum blossom – which flourish even in adverse conditions.