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Pair of Hexagonal Jars

late 1600s
Overall: 26.8 x 18.6 cm (10 9/16 x 7 5/16 in.)
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This kakiemon-type jar with plum design is a product made for the European markets. Here, Japanese kakiemon potters transformed the typical plum, bamboo, and pine motifs into a theme appreciating the plum. The 9th-century Japanese scholar and politician Sugawara Michizane established the plum as a symbol of scholarship. An excellent poet, particularly of Chinese-style poetry, he was also well known for his love of plum blossoms. Later, the plum came to represent tenmangu, a shrine for Sugawara.
Pair of Hexagonal Jars

Pair of Hexagonal Jars

late 1600s

Japan, Edo period (1615-1868)

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