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Bottle-vase: C.59-2007

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Potter: Hamada, Shoji




Stoneware, press-moulded with Tenmoku glaze, and iron-brown pours. Rectangular with flat shoulders and chimney-like neck with rectangular mouth, standing on a rectangular foot. The glaze stops at the foot which has a glazed area within it. The front and back are decorated with iron-brown ladle-pours of different shapes and lengths, and on each of the ends there is part of a stroke at the top.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by P.H.D.S. Wikramaratna in memory of this brother Professor P.H. Diananda

Measurements and weight

Depth: 9.3 cm
Height: 22.4 cm
Width: 15.7 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Mashiko ⪼ Japan

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2007-11-19) by Wikramaratna, P. H. D. S.


Third quarter of 20th Century
Circa 1950 CE - 1970 CE


Cf. Bonhams, 7 November 2006, 20th Century Japanese and Korean Ceramics, p. 5, lot 1, a comparable retangular vase with pale brown glaze and splashes in nuka and dark brown. H. 22.80 am with box. Estimate £2-3,000; hammer price £3,800, total price £4,883.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of glaze ( Tenmoku) iron ( brown)
All Except Foot

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 25
  • Location: On bottom of footring
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in pencil
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: rectangular white paper strip stuck on with brown sicky tape

  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black biro
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: rectangular red paper label

  • Text: Daya
  • Location: On neck but moved to base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black biro
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.59-2007
Primary reference Number: 158292
Entry form: 976
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 31 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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