Baluster-shaped vase (part of a five-piece garniture)

Japanese, for export market (Hizen ware, Imari type)

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 509

This garniture, a grouping of vases, is notable for its completeness. Most such groupings have been broken up over time into their individual components. The painted decoration on all five vases is unusually rich—painted with a dark cobalt blue applied under the glaze, then further decorated with red, green, turquoise, and black enamels and gilding. The finials or decorative knobs on the lids are in the form of a guardian lion, known as a shishi, echoing in three dimensions the primary motif painted below.

Baluster-shaped vase (part of a five-piece garniture), Hard-paste porcelain with underglaze blue and overglaze enamel and gilding, Japanese, for export market (Hizen ware, Imari type)

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Body: 2019.257.1a; Lid: 2019.257.3b