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Subject:Cant figure out this mark?
Posted By: Chris Thu, Apr 05, 2018 IP: 98.238.74.148

Hey everyone, I have no idea what this large character mark means on the side of this vase. It seems like an early piece. Any insight?







Subject:Re: Cant figure out this mark?
Posted By: TK Fri, Apr 06, 2018

It’s the character Yào (要), which has a general meaning of to want / need. It may have implied that whatever was stored inside the bottle was something the owner would want, or something that would be needed in day to day life. I wasn’t able to find any other examples of it being used on ceramics online, so this is just a theory.
Hope this helps (even though it’s not much).

Subject:Re: Cant figure out this mark?
Posted By: mikeoz Fri, Apr 06, 2018

The character is Yao 要 meaning to ask or to demand.

Subject:Re: Cant figure out this mark?
Posted By: Martin Michels Fri, Apr 06, 2018

If it's Japanese it's 要 Yö (ON-reading) or Kaname (KUN-reading), meaning something like: Need, Necessay, Main Point.
If it's Chinese it's 要 Yao (wish, desire, etc.).
Regards,
Martin.

Subject:Re: Cant figure out this mark?
Posted By: Lawrence Lewis Tue, Apr 17, 2018

This is a Japanese porcelain sake flask

Subject:Re: Cant figure out this mark?
Posted By: Chris Wed, Apr 18, 2018

Thank you so much for the info!

Chris


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