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Meiji period (1868-1912) Japan
Covered jar c. 1875 Description: Satsuma-style jar and cover
Title Notes: produced for export to Europe
Place made: Japan
Materials & Technique: sculptures, ceramics, porcelain, gold; hand painting, gilding
Dimensions: jar 85.0 h 38.5 diameter cm cover 28.0 h cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2004
Accession No: NGA 2004.350.A-B

Following a period of self-imposed isolation, the Meiji era was a time of industrialisation and trade in Japan. The large size and opulence of this jar suggest it was made for export to Europe, which was experiencing a craze for things Japanese. Beneath a lid topped by a dancing hermit, one side of the vessel shows a samurai battle fought in 1590 between Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Hojo Ujimasa at Odawara. The other side depicts three Buddhist saints, rakan, modelled in high relief.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label