Subject:Odd mark on Poetry Vase from China
Posted By: Thomas K Thu, Apr 05, 2018 IP: 18.104.22.168
I bought this vase while on a trip to Japan in a junk shop a couple of months ago, and have found out a bit about it but still have no idea as to its potential age and maker.
I've tracked down the poem to be an excerpt from that of Lin Shangren (a poet from the Song dynasty in the 13th Century), and it reads '無事看山如對客，有時隠几亦忘吾' - something about mountains that I can't really translate properly.
The vase has lots of subtle crazing, rust spotting, and the base has a slight inclusion in the glaze.
While I know its more likely than not a modern piece made to look old, I have no idea what era / style it's trying to imitate as there's no reign mark on the base. There is a 'seal' type mark next to the poem - has anyone seen that sort of thing before and know its meaning?
Also, I found it interesting that the top stroke of the '五' portion of the last character in the poem seems to be missing - anyone know why this might be?
I'd absolutely love anyone's opinions and knowledge on this vase as I'm absolutely fascinated by it.
Apologies for the poor photos - the blue comes off as a bit strong in some of them, and it's hard to get a good focus because of the thick glaze.