A Negoro lacquer heishi (bottle vase) Late Muromachi Period

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Lot 172*
A Negoro lacquer heishi (bottle vase)
Late Muromachi Period

Sold for £ 18,000 (US$ 21,892) inc. premium
A Negoro lacquer heishi (bottle vase)
Late Muromachi Period
Of exaggerated meiping form, with a small spout at the top and swelling shoulder and a body which narrows in a long, elegant curve towards the bottom, where it widens to a splayed foot to create a stable base, typically lacquered red over black on a yasuri ground; with wood storage box. 28cm (11in) high. (2).

Footnotes

  • 根来瓶子 室町時代後期

    For examples of negoro lacquered bottles, see Kawada Sadamu, Negoro, Shikosha, Kyoto, 1985, pls.1-16.

    For a pair of bottles of the same form, see the Exhibition Catalogue, Negoro, Suntory Museum, 1979.

    The graceful proportions of heishi (or heiji) wine vessels were probably inspired by the Song Dynasty (960-1279) porcelain vase shape known as meiping. According to Kawada Sadamu, Honorary Member of Nara National Museum and Professor Emeritus of Tezukayama University, the production of Negoro-ware heishi began early in the Kamakura period (1185-1333), when the aesthetic of a red design on a black background - favoured by the warrior class for various types of utensils, including swords, saddles, and arrows - was adopted for the decoration of ceremonial vessels.
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