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I have acquired an interesting vase and do not know what it is or if it is Japanese or Chinese.  It is unique and I purchased it because I was different and I like different.  I love Oriental pottery & porcelain, jewelry and artwork but don't know much about it. I've got a small collection and am having a devil of a time finding good reference books.  I have some old Christies and Sothebys catalogs but they are limited.   I would appreciate it if anyone can point me in the direction of some good books and also help with the vase photos I have uploaded.  Thank you.

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There are several excellent sites you can use for references as there is not much out there in reference books for Japanese pottery..  One excellent place to begin is http://www.e-yakimono.net/guide/.  This site can help you identify the style of the piece, based on the type of clay and glaze.  If a piece is marked it certainly makes life easier,  and you can try   http://gotheborg.com/marks/index_jap_marks.htm.    The problem with Japanese pottery is there are over 30,000 Japanese kanji characters compared to our 26 letter alphabet.  This makes translation difficult even for someone who is Japanese. Add to that the style of the handwriting as in your piece.  Imagine, the joke about a doctor's handwriting, then apply that to 30,000 "letters".    

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