'Saw the thread on the Oriental bowl and am wondering if anyone can ID this vase. (If it turns out to be a funeral urn of some sort...just say you don't know what it is...okay?) There's intricate gold beading "halos" around the figures. The marking on the bottom of the vase is in Japanese. To the left of the woman is a flying dragon. She seems to be walking on water. Vase is about 8" tall.
It looks to be a very nice piece. I know it's not Imari but I don't know eactly what it is ... Satsuma maybe? Perhaps you can noodle around over here to see if you can spot anything similar or a similar type of mark maybe:
It's 8" tall...and there's no cracks or repairs that I can see.
As for funeral urn...very funny!!!! I once told a hairdresser that I had had a dream that seemed so real about me standing at the bottom of the stairs and seeing a little blond headed boy about 8 yrs old dart from the attic to my bedroom. He stopped at the head of the stairs and looked down at me for a second. I said I was so scared when I woke up, I couldn't move...it was so real. And I didn't know any blond boys. (It was years before my blond grandson was born and he's only 5 now). She said "it might be the ghost of someone that was attached to some of the old stuff we had stored in the attic." Of all days to tell me that...DH was out of town and I was home alone that week. I hardly slept until he got home. Anyway, now anytime we hear a noise or something falls...we blame it on the stuff in the attic!!!
It was a Xmas gift years ago from my aunt (that collected all the stuff in my attic). When we were in Hawaii, I picked up things with Chinese dragons (as opposed to English dragons) on them. She remembered that and gave me the vase because of the dragon on it. I don't know where she got it. She lived in New Mexico and had many friends that also traveled. I would never sell it, but it would be nice to know what it is.
Update: I ran over to the library to see if there was a book on Satsuma. The reference librarian asked me if she could help me find what I was searching for on their computer. She looked through our library, then Amazon for a ref. book which she found, then searched libraries across their system for that title and found one book in El Paso and one in Amarillo. 'Said they'd borrow it and I'd have it within a week. Took 10 minutes... I'll let you know what I find. I sure hope it's Satsuma...or I'm going to have to go back to the library and start all over!
Further Update: I finally received the library book I requested...Imari and Satsuma...and Other Japanese Export Ceramics by Nancy Schiffer. They found the book in Houston. Got it two days ago...took a little longer than a week!!!
The vase is definitely Kyoto Satsuma. (Not a funeral vase, either...). Guess I'll have to find someone who can read the mark on the bottom. There were some identified marks in the back of the book, but I couldn't positively match any of them to mine. I really tried too. Have the book until Ap 12th, so I'll keep looking.