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

A lotus pond might be the inspiration for this small ewer, which is 17.5cm in height. 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 (seigaiha) signifying the calm water of a lotus pond. The lobed mouth of the ewer is in the form of a lotus seed pod.


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