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  • Place of origin:

    Arita (made)
    France (mount, made)

  • Date:

    late 17 century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain with relief decoration under coloured glazes, and with silver-gilt mount

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 22, shelf 8

Physical description

Flask of porcelain, with French silver-gilt stopper, square-shaped; each side is decorated with the same design in relief, under brown, clear, celadon and blue glazes, consisting of a dragon pursuing a pearl amid clouds, a lion, and the bamboo and cherry trees. The upper portion is similarly decorated with a dragon and trees.

Place of Origin

Arita (made)
France (mount, made)


late 17 century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain with relief decoration under coloured glazes, and with silver-gilt mount


Height: 29.8 cm, Length: 13.3 cm base, Width: 13.3 cm base

Object history note

Formerly in the Maskell Collection.

Descriptive line

Flask, porcelain with relief designs under brown, clear, celadon and blue glazes; French silver-gilt stopper; Japan, Arita kilns, Edo period, late 17 century

Labels and date

Square Flask
Porcelain with relief designs of dragons, tigers and bamboo under brown, celadon, and blue glazes. French silver-gilt mount.
JAPANESE (Arita kilns, Imari type)
Late 17th century
372-1890 [as at 2005]


Porcelain; Silver-gilt


Relief; Glazed; Mounted

Subjects depicted

Dragons; Cherry; Bamboo


Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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