Cylindrical Flower Vase

Cylindrical Flower Vase
Koto ware, porcelain, with design of seven sages in bamboo grove in underglaze blue
Edo period, 19th century
Gift of Ii Family

The “Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove” refers to the seven intellectuals who retreated to a bamboo grove to engage in qingtan, away from worldly matters, during China’s Wei, Jin, Southern and Northern Dynasties period. It was a subject matter much favored by both Chinese and Japanese paintings and crafts.

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