Cultural Property Important Cultural Property
Date1 Southern Song dynasty
Date2 13th century
Kiln Longquan ware
Height (cm) 28.8
Maximum Diameter (cm) 12.8
Weight (g) 1332
Collection The ATAKA Collection
Credit Line The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka (gift of SUMITOMO Group, the ATAKA Collection), photograph by 〓(Please credit the name of the photographer which is indicated at the bottom left of each image)
Accession No. 00319
Description This celadon vase with handles in the shape of a phoenix was glazed in multiple layers, displaying a fenqing (powder blue) color. In Japan such vases are called kinuta seiji meaning mallet-shape celadon. During the Kamakura and Muromachi periods (1185-1573) Longquan celadon was commonly imported to Japan and there are many examples that became family heirlooms handed down from generation to generation. This piece was also formerly owned by the Aoyama family, the feudal clan of Tanba Sasayama domain (present-day Hyogo Prefecture). Among the extant phoenix-handled vases, the piece housed in Kuboso Memorial Museum of Arts, Izumi, named "Bansei (ten thousand voices)" (national treasure) and another in Yomei Bunko, named "Sensei (one thousand voices)" (important cultural property) are especially well-known, this work exceeds even them in terms of the beauty of the glaze and the well-proportioned modeling. It is considered to be a product of Longquan kiln in Zhejiang Province during the most prosperous period of the Southern Song dynasty.
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