Kyo-Satsuma vase with figures, flowers, and landscape scenesOn display
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Kyo-Satsuma vase with figures, flowers, and landscape scenes
Material and technique
earthenware, slab-built and possibly moulded, with underglaze painting in blue, and polychrome overglaze enamels, including gold
Dimensions32.4 x 16 x 16 cm (height x width x depth)
No. of items
Presented by Mrs Ruth van Heyningen, 1990.
Museum locationSecond floor | Gallery 36 | Japan from 1850
Earthenware vase of square section with everted neck and painted borders on neck and shoulders. The sides elaborately enameled with scenes of women and children and flowers and animals. Seal on base: Kyōto Hōzan. Each painted panel signed: Shunkei with different seals: Uzaki.
As the so-called Satsuma style in Kyōto increased in sophistication in such examples as this, and at the factory of Kinkōzan, the individual painters often signed their better work, though we lack information on their identities.
In: Impey, Oliver, and Joyce Seaman, Japanese Decorative Arts of the Meiji Period 1868-1912, Ashmolean Handbooks (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2005)
Glossary of terms
Ceramic material made of clay which is fired to a temperature of c.1000-1200⁰c. The resulting ceramic is non-vitreous and varies in colour from dark red to yellow.
Painting applied to ceramic material before a transparent, or monochrome or coloured glaze for Islamic objects, is applied. The technique was initially developed in China.
Impey, Oliver, and Joyce Seaman, Japanese Decorative Arts of the Meiji Period 1868-1912, Ashmolean Handbooks (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2005), no. 20 on p. 44, illus. pp. 44-45