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Posted 11 months ago


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Here's a very good sized planter i picked up the other day. can anyone tell me anything about it? old? new? i'm pretty certain that this is japanese and it may be old. the hole in the bottom is a large keyhole design, which i've never seen before. i should have gotten a picture of the bottom. this type of pottery is called Martaban Brown, but i don't know much more about it than that.

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  1. toracat toracat, 11 months ago
    I have wall hanging with cranes like those, but it is Japanese! Really beautiful! You should banzai a redwood tree!
  2. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 11 months ago
    thank you toracat. maybe it is Japanese?? does anyone know what kind of pottery it is and where it's from?
  3. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 10 months ago
    can anyone tell me what kind of pottery this is? i've had some of it before, but i can't remember what it's called.
  4. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 10 months ago
    i answered my own question. it's called martaban brown, but i don't know much more than that.
  5. idcloisonne idcloisonne, 2 months ago
    I think it is a Japanese planter, the two cranes are symbolic of longevity and used in both the Buddhist Chinese and Japanese folklore and as decorations.
    Seems quite old, and crafted in pottery colors and glazes more in tune with Japanese taste. I think it's a great piece. Never heard of the term 'martaban'.
  6. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 2 months ago
    thank you idcloisonne. i got another one exactly like it the other day so now i have a lovely pair of them! i'm surprised that you think it's Japanese. it looks so much like some other Chinese planters i've seen.
  7. idcloisonne idcloisonne, 2 months ago
    Really? I'm basing myself on the fact that pottery was much more in use in Japan than in China for their own use. I don't think this was an export item if we are talking about 19th-20th century.
    Many items are difficult to identify between these two countries, they influenced and inspired each other a lot, with similar cultural traditions.
    I'm not 100% sure it's Japanese, just think it's more likely to be. I might go and see if I can find out more.
  8. idcloisonne idcloisonne, 2 months ago

    here is a listing for a martaban jar, very old and pertinent to the name which applies to Asian antiquities, pottery food storage jars in brown with ochre designs.
    Definitely has similarities to your planter.

    Not sure now who made your pieces, but was it was informative to try and find out. Might be quite old.
  9. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 2 months ago
    i don't know how old mine are - they are pretty shiny to be very old, but they are definitely the same family of pottery.
  10. SEAN68 SEAN68, 2 months ago
    ho2 , you have some beauties!!! ;@)
  11. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 2 months ago
    thanks SEAN68!
  12. SEAN68 SEAN68, 2 months ago
    Your very welcome buddy!!!!!! ;&)
  13. idcloisonne idcloisonne, 2 months ago
    This was a good opportunity for me to learn something new. I find that keeps you humble, the more you know - the less you know.
    Thanks ho2 for your patience with me.
  14. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 2 months ago
    i couldn't agree w/ you more, idcloisonne! thank you for your all of your comments.

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