This fabulous 6-1/2" high vase is deeply carved and incised with 4 fish, each in a different color. The style is very " Arts & Crafts", so it was a surprise to see the Japanese kanji incised in the base. I later learned this style is very traditional for Kobashigawa pottery.
A Japanese friend who saw the vase translated the kanji for me, and set me in the right direction (Okinawa) for research. Many thanks to Shigeko!
I date this vase c. 1950. It is in excellent condition, with only some original firing cracks to the glaze of the base. It is glazed internally, and holds water.
Item ID: 284
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