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Woman of Art 82/16 Vase

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Step through a perfumed canopy and listen to the rustle of silks and foliage and the soft pad of sandals mingled with the gentle hush of women’s voices. Welcome to Paul’s homage to one aspect of traditional Japanese culture where the moon-white faces of three geishas with glossy, obsidian hair and scarlet lips, pensively wander amongst reeds and bamboo. Their gowns or kimonos are duly decorated with intense detail and complex folds which Paul was initially drawn to. Their lacquered black hair is bundled with ornate combs, bejeweled and carved by skilled hands. At their feet, roam creatures of sheer magnificence- a peacock, storks and beautiful Koi carp, all as calm and entrancing as the ladies themselves.

The most literal translation of geisha into English would be ‘artist’ or ‘artisan’ but another name for geisha is Geiko, which translates specifically as ‘Woman of Art’. This term is used to refer to geisha from Western Japan, including Kanazawa, one of a handful of Japanese cities, outside of Kyoto, where geisha culture survives today. Once one of the grandest cities in Japan, Kanazawa has settled now into provincial gentility. It has a reputation for traditional arts- for hand-painted silks and lacquerware, for ceramics and delicate gold leaf. ‘Woman of Art’, therefore became a pertinent name for Paul’s prestige masterpiece. Forever encapsulated in clay, the ladies with delicately poised hands and elegant stances, bring us a vision of Japan’s ancient rituals and customs, where the smell of incense and tea linger in the air and the gaze is invited in to enjoy the grace of the geisha.

  • Designer: Paul Hilditch
  • Dimensions: H 41.50 x W 14.00 x D 14.00 cm
  • Availability: In Stock


  • Product Width14.00cm
  • Product Height41.50cm
  • Product Depth14.00cm
  • Shape:82/16
  • Designer:Paul Hilditch
  • Edition:Limited
  • Limited Edition Size:10
  • Design Window (Style):People

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