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Purple saké bottle with wisteria design in maki-e

UnknownEdo period (first half of 19th century)

Suntory Museum of Art

Suntory Museum of Art

At first glance this bottle looks like it is made from lacquer. There are relatively few examples of Edo period glass works that have pictures painted on them. This lack of painted design probably reflects the Japanese aesthetic view that the “transparency” of glass should be emphasized. This bottle is decorated with three sections of wisteria blossoms and branches.

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Details

  • Title: Purple saké bottle with wisteria design in maki-e
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: Edo period (first half of 19th century)
  • Location Created: Japan
  • Physical Dimensions: w161 x h243 cm
  • Object Width (English): 16.1 cm (Diameter of body)
  • Object Title (Japanese): 紫色藤蒔絵徳利
  • Object Height (English): 24.3 cm
  • Object Date (English): Edo period (first half of 19th century)
  • Category (Japanese): ガラス
  • Artist Name (Japanese): 不明
  • Type: Glass
  • Rights: Suntory Museum of Art, Suntory Museum of Art

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