Kitaoji Rosanjin (Japanese, 1883-1959). <em>Vase</em>, ca. 1945. Porcelain, 10 5/8 x 5 3/8 in. (27 x 13.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, 75.128.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 75.128.1_view01_PS11.jpg)


Artist:Kitaoji Rosanjin

Medium: Porcelain

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Dates:ca. 1945

Dimensions: 10 5/8 x 5 3/8 in. (27 x 13.7 cm)



Accession Number: 75.128.1

Image: 75.128.1_view01_PS11.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Cylindrical white porcelain vase with slightly outward-sloping sides and gently rounded shoulders flowing into a short neck ending in a plain, flat edge. Recessed bottom with central perforation for a lamp cord (not drilled later but cut in the clay before firing and then glazed). The decoration consists of six vertical lines of bold ideographs painted in underglaze cobalt blue. There is a square seal containing the three characters "ro", "san", "jin" also painted in underglaze blue. In wood storage box. Condition: Small firing crack by perforation in base. Calligraphy is in the "artless" writing style of Ryokan (1758-1831), a Zen monk whom Rosanjin admired. The text is by Ryokan as well, from a poem written about the monk's younger brother, Yoshiyuki, called "The Great Pleasure of Drinking Sake with Yoshiyuki."

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