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Satsuma vase

  • 'Satsuma vase'. Front view © Ministerio de Cultura

    'Satsuma vase'. Front view © Ministerio de Cultura

     
  • 'Satsuma vase'. Detail of the top © Ministerio de Cultura

    'Satsuma vase'. Detail of the top © Ministerio de Cultura

  • 'Satsuma vase'. Detail of the decoration © Ministerio de Cultura

    'Satsuma vase'. Detail of the decoration © Ministerio de Cultura

  • 'Satsuma vase'. Detail of the stand © Ministerio de Cultura

    'Satsuma vase'. Detail of the stand © Ministerio de Cultura

  • 'Satsuma vase'. Detail © Ministerio de Cultura

    'Satsuma vase'. Detail © Ministerio de Cultura

  

Category

Ceramics

Date

1870-1900

Cultural background

Contemporary

Original title

Jarrón Satsuma

This large Japanese pottery vase dates from the last third of the 19th century and features typical Satsuma-style decoration.

The piece rests on a filigree stand with five legs. The pottery lid is creamy white and finely crackled. The body of the vase is faceted, wider at the top, with a fluted mouth and two golden fish for handles. The decoration is divided into two facets, both portraying human figures. It is in the Satsuma style, in the cloisonné technique featuring polychrome enamels and profuse use of gold.

The Satsuma style emerged in the 17th century on the Japanese island of Kyushu. These ceramics are produced at lower temperatures than porcelain and have a crackled appearance. In the late 18th century they evolved to include an enamelled lid and designs outlined in gold.
 

Details of the work

Object
Vase

Dimensions
Height = 169 cm; Diameter of mouth = 32 cm; Body: Height = 99 cm; Width = 32 cm; Base: Height = 23 cm; Diameter = 34 cm

Technique
Thrown, crackled, enamelled. Base: lacquered, filigree

Material
Pottery; base: wood

Place of production
Japan (Asia)

  

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