An Arita blue and white ewer, Japanese, mid-late 17th Century.

A lotus pond might be the inspiration for this small ewer.

The flattened baluster body is moulded in shallow relief with lotus leaves, buds and half-opened blooms, on a wavy diaper ground.

The regular wave pattern of overlapping arcs, or seigaiha, signify the calm water of a lotus pond.

The lobed mouth of the ewer is in the form of a lotus seed pod, 17.5cm.


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