Japanese Souvenir Vase

Title

Japanese Souvenir Vase

Subject

Miscellaneous

Description

This is a very odd item in the collection, as we were able to identify it as Japanese due to the style of paint and enameling. Specifically, it is a "satsuma moriage" vase. Satsuma refers to the region the type of pottery originated in, and moriage is the term for the raised enamel decoration style.
Its small size, low quality, and the fact it was found in Atlanta indicates that it was most likely a souvenir or an export from the 20th century. We were able to find a near-identical intact vase listed on ebay. It is difficult to date the vase since it has no markings. Antique forums indicated that similar small, crudely-painted vases were likely from the 1930s-40s, the interwar period. User "Ce BCA" on antiquers.com noted about a similarly painted vase, "Very unlikely to be by a noted artist nor exhibited in a museum, it is typical of factory produced items when the Japanese economy was in trouble in the inter-war period." (Cited from: https://www.antiquers.com/threads/mystery-vase.63462/#post-4254461)

Source

https://www.ebay.com/itm/363068577462
https://www.antiquers.com/threads/mystery-vase.63462/#post-4254461

Publisher

Phoenix Project

Date

1930s-40s

Contributor

Emmett Cantkier

Format

Weight: 80g
Dimensions: 76mm x 52mm x 43mm

Type

Stoneware
Ceramic

Identifier

a100 / ACC 133

Coverage

9Da89

Collection

Citation

“Japanese Souvenir Vase,” The Phoenix Project , accessed May 29, 2024, http://martaphoenixproject.gsuanthropology.com/items/show/112.

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