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a flask for water suitō
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Refined decoration in the style of Rimpa school; interesting purpose of use; and well- preserved lacquer even with original silk cords. A water flask in the shape of a water drop, decorated with a motif of three herons on a willow, the back side decorated with two flying herons, and the neck produced as a lacquer shaped (sabiage) fitting.

History of the Object
Hloucha´s collection, 1955, according to Hloucha´s own record, the object was purchased in Kyōto in 1926.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
wood covered with natural lacquer, decorated with techniques of hiramakie, takamakie, sabiage a raden, inlaid with plumb and furnished with silk cords 
Measurements
diameter 24 cm 
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Japan 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 18th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
18th Century - 19th Century; around 1800 
Function
a water flask for use when travelling 
Acquisition
1955, donation of Joe Hloucha 
Copyright
The National Museum, Prague, Czech Republic 
Acknowledgements
Catalogue of Japanese Art in the Náprstek Museum, The International Research Centre for Japanese Studies, Nichibunken Japanese Studies Series 4, Kyoto 1994. Filip Suchomel, Marcela Suchomelová: Plocha zrozená k dekoru, Katalog výstavy, Národní galerie Praha 2002, Moravská galerie v Brně 2003.  
Owner
State property, the Czech Republic 
Museum
National Museum; Nàprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures 
Credit line
Courtesy of the National Museum – the Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures, Prague, Czech Republic 

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