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Porcelain with overglaze color enamels and gold (Hizen ware, Kakiemon type)
Overall: 27.8 x 11.6 cm (10 15/16 x 4 9/16 in.)
Severance and Greta Millikin Collection 1964.277
A jar like this was fired at a high temperature, painted with colored enamels, and then fired again at a lower temperature.
This lidded square jar was likely paired with a complementary yet nonidentical mate. The pine tree, plum, and bamboo together form the frequently depicted motif known as the Three Friends of Winter (shōchikubai), so named because of their hardy perseverance in the cold. Each side also features a pair of birds, including cranes on one face and pheasants on another.
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