Fabulous antique Japanese pottery, celadon with smoke crackle glaze, decorated with male and female warriors, who may be actors. I have never before seen a woman bearing arms, but this woman dressed in Kimono and with flowers and comb in her elaborate hair, is brandishing a samurai sword. The man, also in elaborate dress kimono and fancy headdress is brandishing either flags or pole arms. This elaborately hand painted vase is very large, 15 inches high, weighing 10 pounds. It is a dark celadon glaze, with very heavy moriaga / moriage painting all the way around. The top border features fabric patterns. This is heavily potted with redware clay. It is most certainly a unique item, studio pottery, not mass produced, Meiji period, 19th century. Great condition. A few glaze misses, but in the making, not damage; see one spot inside the mouth of the vase. All I see is 4 of the moriaga white dots along bottom border are worn. Everything else perfect. No chips, no cracks, no repairs. If you collect Japanese art pottery like Sumida Gawa or Satsuma, you should consider this unique vase. Been in my personal collection for over 25 years. Japanese studio pottery from 19th century always fascinates with uniqueness.
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Japanese Studio Pottery with Samurai Celadon