Vase or Sake? Japanese?

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Post by DavidG March 27th 2023, 3:35 pm

Piece is 11" tall and 5" diameter at widest.  Looking for ID help please as well as some idea what the script says.

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Post by NaomiM March 27th 2023, 3:56 pm

Difficult to say without translating the writing. Might be a poem, in which case it's a vase. Or an advert in which case it's a sake bottle. I'm afraid I don't speak kanji


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Post by DavidG March 27th 2023, 4:00 pm



Thanks NaomiM.

On other forums, it has been suggested that the writing is a poem. Hoping someone may recognize.
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Post by studio-pots March 27th 2023, 11:45 pm

The first Japanese pot I bought in a very fine signed wooden box had calligraphy on it but that calligraphy was not as regular as this. That turned out to be a sake bottle (tokkuri) that was advertising a restaurant. The box was far better than the bottle and, I assume, that the real tokkuri had been kept and switch with one taken from a restaurant.

Your calligraphy is likely to be a poem but even if you were Japanese I think it would be very difficult to read what is written - to me the kanji looks more to make a pattern and looks simplified to help with that.

However, it is too tall for a tokkuri and not large enough for a sake storage bottle and so I would go with it being a vase.

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Post by DavidG March 28th 2023, 2:36 pm

Thanks for the info. Very helpful.
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