Japanese Tokoname, Bottle Shaped Dragon Vase

Ref: LA338296
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Offered for sale is a terracotta, Japanese, Tokoname bottle vase. The bottle form redware unglazed vase dates most probably from the end of the Meiji period (1868-1912) The exterior of the vase is moulded with a three-clawed scaled dragon, its tail and body entwining the vase and then refined by hand-sculpting a pricked raised ground. Japanese Tokoname is named after an area in central Japan where a rich red local clay was used to produce pottery in one of the six ancient kilns of Japan. This piece is signed, but I was unable to decipher the signature, it could possibly be that of Yamada Jozan III, unfortunately it is too indistinct to confirm.
215 mm
Excellent condition with no cracks, but a little chip on the base and body which do not detract in anyway the appearance and display of this unusual looking item (please see photo's)
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