MORINO AKITO (b. 1969)
Rectangular nogime tenmoku-glazed (striped, grass-like) vase with a flying crane motif and auspicious numerical design in platinum and gold dotted patterns titled, "Prestigious and Everlasting"
Glazed porcelain, platinum overglaze
15 1/2 x 6 5/8 in.
The crane has long been considered a bird that is said to live for a thousand years. This auspicious animal has been a symbol of good fortune and longevity since ancient times in China and Japan.
The choice of numbers for the design motif on this vessel is a play on homophones and auspicious meanings. The Chinese pronunciation of the first part, 久负盛名, meaning "prestigious and with a longstanding reputation," sounds like the Chinese pronunciation of the numbers "9531." The Chinese pronunciation of the second part, 天长地久, meaning "everlasting like heaven and earth," sounds like the Chinese pronunciation of the numbers "7319."