Subject:Re: More information about japanese vase
Posted By: Bill H Thu, Jul 02, 2020
The vase's decoration bears more than a passing resemblance to the cords and tassels of formal academic robes and trappings worn during occasions such as graduation and sometimes signifying honors achieved by the graduate. While "九谷" are standard kanji for "Kutani", my Google search of characters "升志人" produced only a couple of pages of hits, none clearly indicated to be the name of a ceramics manufacturer. This could indicate it represents a slogan or logo of some sort. Although I'm not trained formally in Japanese, "升志人" might be the literal meaning in Chinese of "The measure of a person's determination" (or ambition, drive, goals, etc.), which would fit the graduation theme. If this is indeed the case, then the pattern certainly would fit a theme embraced by Chinese, Japanese and other Asian cultures, wherein high achievement in education is greatly valued, thereby bringing the vase into the realm of possible giftware for students. Perhaps I. Nagy could put this into a better perspective.
The "B-33" factory marking is the sort of clue that points to the vase being a product of modern times.