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An interesting Japanese Meiji Period Satsuma vase signed Fuzan Ryun

Documentation Signed
Period 19th Century
H. 11.42 in;
H. 29 cm;
Condition Excellent
Creation Date 1880
Description A Japanese Meiji Period (1868-1912) Satsuma vase with an interesting wraparound scene of what appears to be bijin examining fish in a large aquarium. This design is very unusual and may be unique. On first inspection we assumed they must be examining a large lifelike screen, but after further research of dates and examining the perspective and positioning of the figures feet we now think it depicts a fanciful aquarium.

The first public aquarium was opened in London Zoo in 1853, and was constructed much like a greenhouse. The first public aquarium in Japan opened in 1882 at the Ueno zoo. During the time of the great expositions aquariums, then called aquatic vivariums were popular exhibits. This vase dates from the second half of the Meiji period so aquariums would be an established and well known entertainment by then so it is not far fetched to see a luxurious version of one depicted on this satsuma vase.
Styles / Movements Asian, Traditional
Dealer Reference Number INKP24
Incollect Reference Number 362524
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