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Japanese Porcelain Dragon Vase by Makuzu Kozan Meiji Period



A porcelain vase in brilliant yellow color with dragon motif by legendary Japanese potter Makuzu Kozan (1842-1916) circa 1901. The vase is made in a classic elongated baluster form and decorated in an unusual yellow monochrome enamel. A flying yellow dragon with claws and long tail was made the sole focus of the design. Its low relief body with scales flows in a background of yellow dust, mimicking the Nashiji (pear skin) lacquer effect with a subtle shift of density. The imagery is full of vitality and motion, creating a dramatic visual effect. Both mouth and base rim were decorated with geometrical patterns. The craftsmanship is refined with superb details. Marked in underglaze blue on the base. It retains an old slip of paper with the identification of the artist and the year of making.


  • Creator
    Makuzu Kozan (Artist)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 9.75 in. (24.77 cm)Diameter: 5 in. (12.7 cm)
  • Style
    Japonisme (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Two minute chips on the base rim upon contact surface, visible in the picture.
  • Seller Location
    Atlanta, GA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU945016347552

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    Ships From: Atlanta, GA
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 2 days of delivery.

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