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Monumental porcelain vases
A rare and elaborate Satsuma covered urn with self-bracketed stand and upturned handles. Upon its pierced lid, a powerful golden shishi resides, his mouth open and teeth visible. Remarkable for its European-stylized-form and size, this large Satsuma urn retains the idiosyncratic motifs of the maker’s body-of-work: Lake Biwa surrounded by mountainous cliffs, villagers in paddies cultivating rice, carrying water buckets and making fishing nets - all busy scurrying about their daily activities. Luxuriant-toned brocading with geometric and floral designs about the foot, neck, handles and base of lid complete the imagery. Meizan gilt cartouche on base. Height, 10.75". Meiji Period.