Pair of Vases
Nanri Kaju, Japanese, died 1880
Some of the largest showcase vases in the Japanese displays were from the Arita kilns in the Province of Hizen (present-day Saga Prefecture). In his report on the ceramics, General Hector Tyndale noted, "The moulding is at times of surprising clearness and ingenuity, and the tours de force, so to speak, in potting are very remarkable; as, for example, a pair of large cylindrical vases surrounded by a complete case of open-work of oviform outline, even and true in texture." This description could very well refer to these vases.