This charming vintage brown and black pottery vase from Okinawa, Japan features incised designs including a woman holding fish, a man blowing a horn, a large bird, numerous flowers, and bands of pattern around neck and base. The incising is deep and expressionistic, making the vase feel akin to a three-dimensional woodblock print. A wonderful example of traditional Okinawan pottery -- Yachimun, in Japanese--made of native clay and known for its bold designs.
Signed on the bottom, this piece was purchased at an estate sale that included an excellent collection of 20th century ceramics from Japan, Scandanavia and the U.S.
4ʺW × 4ʺD × 7.5ʺH. Excellent condition; no visible flaws.