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Gourd-shaped saké ewer with grapevine and bird design, overglaze enamels

UnknownEdo period, latter half of 17th century

Suntory Museum of Art

Suntory Museum of Art

This saké ewer is modeled on a gourd, with a braided cord handle added. The braiding is drawn in underglaze blue, while grapevines growing and fruiting and birds in flight are in red, green, and blue overglaze enamels. Triangular motifs in red and green surround the spout. A grape leaf covers the end of the cord, which encircles the gourd, and another leaf on the top serves as the lid. Both gourds and grapevines imply endurance, since they produce long vines that twine vigorously, and fertility, since they produce copious fruit. Their combination thus symbolizes continuing prosperity through the generations. Of surviving examples, this piece is in particularly good condition, with the leaf-shaped lid intact, and its cheerful hues make it a very attractive and approachable work.

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  • Title: Gourd-shaped saké ewer with grapevine and bird design, overglaze enamels
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: Edo period, latter half of 17th century
  • Location Created: Japan
  • Physical Dimensions: w130 x h158 x d185 cm
  • Object Title (Japanese): 色絵葡萄鳥文瓢形酒注
  • Object Date (English): Edo period, latter half of 17th century
  • Category (Japanese): 陶磁器
  • Artist Name (Japanese): 不明
  • Type: Ceramics
  • Rights: Suntory Museum of Art, Suntory Museum of Art

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