A Japanese Hirado porcelain vase from the Edo period.
- A well-modeled porcelain carp is depicted leaping up against the powerful current of a waterfall.
- Waves are in underglaze blue, with the carp modeled in white.
- Hollow form with open mouth and upstanding pose makes this piece suitable as a vase.
- In Japan, koi are a symbol of perseverance and stamina.
Signs of handling commensurate with age.
Old repair to tips of the tail.
Height: 5.5 inches / 13.97 cm
Width: 4.5 inches / 11.43 cm
Depth: 2.25 inches / 5.71 cm
Asian Decorative Arts