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Five Poets Vase

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Japan Anonymous, Japanese
Five Poets Vase, n.d.
16 1/2 x 14 in. (41.91 x 35.56 cm)

Object Type: Ceramic
Technique: Thrown
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift from Professor Bruce A. Coats In honor of Professor J. Thomas Rimerfor his extraordinary translations of Japanese literature and interpretations of Japanese arts and cultures
Accession Number: 2021.10.1

Porcelain vase with images of five poets, five poems cards and Genji chapter symbols. Late 19th century, probably for export.

The poets are:
Woman – Ono no Komachi 小野小町
Man with green pants – Otomo no Kuronushi 大友黒主
Priest – Sojo Henjo 僧正遍昭
Man in red – Minamoto Shigeyuki 源重之
Man with bow – Ariwara no Narihira 在原業平

The poem cards emerging from behind their portraits are verses written by them. The Genji-ko are interspersed with flying cranes, hollyhock flowers and leaves, and clouds.

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