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Writing brush stand in the shape of moon guitar with lucky sign design in underglaze blue
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Born as a kiln for the Dutch and flourished with the help of the Chinese, Kameyama porcelain represents the cultural diversity in Nagasaki as the sole foothold of international exchange. Well reputed as one of the most elaborate achievements of the kiln, this stand is rightly claimed as a masterpiece. Ryuji HIRAOKA and Kenji KUBO, curator, Nagasaki.

History of the Object
This brush stand in moon guitar shape is decorated with skilled openwork of a bat and crescent moon. It was done in the Sometsuke design of magic fungus, scroll and coral formation, all of which were thought to be lucky designs in early modern East Asia. A round hole in its body is to arrange the tip of the brush and the curved handle is to lay down the brush. Being made faithful in shape to the Chinese musical instrument, this stand clearly shows the high and gracious craftsmanship of the Kameyama kiln in Nagasaki. Kameyama kiln was opened by Nagasaki merchants in 1807. At the beginning it produced water jars required by the Dutch people in Dejima. As the Dutch-Japanese trade gradually declined, however, it stopped making the jars and began to manufacture the Sometsuke porcelain. The ceramists, invited from Hasami and Nagayo kilns in Omura, used the Chinese high-grade asbolite as pigment to describe a pattern. Moreover, through the mediation of Kinoshita Itsu’un (1800-1866), a famous Nagasaki painter of the Southern school of Chinese painting, Chinese artists who visited Nagasaki made a design for the kiln.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Porcelain 
Measurements
Span 32.2 cm, span of Kodai 22.3 cm, Height 6.4 cm 
Creator name
Kameyama kiln 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Japan; Nagasaki 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century; the late Edo period (1603-1867) 
Function
 
Acquisition
This was purchased by Nagasaki Prefecture in 1996 for the collection of Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum. Since 2005, it has been preserved in Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan 
Museum
Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture 
Credit line
Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture, Nagasaki, Japan 

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