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Black laquered wood with red lacquer
Diameter: 24 cm (9 7/16 in.); Overall: 30.5 cm (12 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1991.47.1
The evocative imagery of brushed leaves and bunches of grapes suggest that the artist referred to a particular painting when decorating this vase.
This flask contained rice wine, or sake. Its wood body was shaped by a lathe before black lacquer was applied to the surface. A red lacquer design of grapevines, an auspicious motif, covers the surface. With their numerous, long-lasting fruits, grapevines traditionally symbolized fertility and longevity in East Asia.
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