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- Date of production 20th century
- Dimensions height: 2.8 cm, diameter: 12 cm
- ID no. not provided
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- Acquired date July 11, 2002, donated by the Emperor of Japan
- Object copyright The Manggha Centre of Japanese Art and Technology
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- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Małopolska's Virtual Museums Plus project
What do a cobalt vase and a Japanese emperor have in common? This vase is a gift from the Japanese court donated to the Manggha Museum during the visit of the Japanese emperor, Akihito, and his wife, Michiko, on 11 July 2002. This porcelain vase with a wooden base is ornamented with the imperial chrysanthemum – an emblem representing the imperial title in Japan.more
What do a cobalt vase and a Japanese emperor have in common? This vase is a gift from the Japanese court donated to the Manggha Museum during the visit of the Japanese emperor, Akihito, and his wife, Michiko, on 11 July 2002.
This porcelain vase with a wooden base is ornamented with the imperial chrysanthemum — an emblem representing the imperial title in Japan. The sixteen-petal chrysanthemum is used as the national emblem of Japan, and it appears on many objects that are associated with the imperial court, although it is not only limited to that — it can also be found, for example, on Japanese passports. It symbolises fortune and longevity.
Each day, the cobalt vase reminds the Museum's employees of that unique moment when the head of state visited the Manggha Centre. It was a tremendous honour as well as a recognition of the role the Museum plays as an institution that popularises Japanese culture. In July every year, to commemorate that event, the Museum organises gatherings for Polish and Japanese friends, as well people associated with the Museum.
Elaborated by Katarzyna Nowak (The Manggha Centre of Japanese Art and Technology), editorial team of Małopolska’s Virtual Museums, © all rights reserved