Antiques 3-20-10

This is a small jar made in the Seto area from the 14th. century, the Muromachi period. It is now used as a tea caddy. I don’t know what they were originally made for.  I had seen it a while ago in the shop and photographed it. The person that came to sell it thought it was a Chinese piece. The paper was in the box when the dealer bought it. The paper has a date of Meiji 13, 1880. I saw a similar piece in the new set of books I recently bought and because of that went back to get more photos of this piece. I think the antique world is a place where those who have done the most studying have the best chance of doing well. This piece points to that.

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