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Baluster vase with a procession of insects

Glossary (2)

glaze, porcelain

  • glaze

    Vitreous coating applied to the surface of a ceramic to make it impermeable or for decorative effect.

  • porcelain

    Ceramic material composed of kaolin, quartz, and feldspar which is fired to a temperature of c.1350-1400⁰c. The resulting ceramic is vitreous, translucent, and white in colour.


    • Second floor | Room 36 | Japan

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  • Japanese Decorative Arts of the Meiji Period 1868-1912 by Oliver Impey and Joyce Seaman

    Japanese Decorative Arts of the Meiji Period

    Small baluster-shaped vase with wide neck and slightly everted rim. Decorated under a pale uneven peach-bloom glaze with a procession of three insects holding various flowers. Seal-mark in underglaze blue on the base: Makuzu Kōzan sei.

    Kōzan made several shapes and sizes of vases with a peach-bloom glaze decorated with underglaze copper-red drawings of processions of insects carrying flowers as if they were banners. These, caricatures of Edo period daimyō processions, derive from paintings by artists such as Nishiyama Hōen (1804-1867), themselves possibly inspired by the twelfth century Chōjō giga handscrolls.

    Bought in Japan by Sir Herbert and Lady Ingram in 1908.

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