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Dish with molded decoration and Chinese poem

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

    Nangawara, Higuchi or Kamanotsuji kiln, Arita, Saga prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Porcelain with cobalt pigment under clear, bluish glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W: 5.4 x 31.5 cm (2 1/8 x 12 3/8 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Dish with fluted rim; five spur marks on base.
    Clay: white porcelain.
    Glaze: transparent, slightly bluish.
    Decoration: a Chinese scene of two figures in a garden by a house, in moulded relief under the glaze. Inscriptions, rim decoration, and fuku mark on base in underglaze blue.
  • Inscriptions

    1. [Folder sheet entry #2] (LACort, 1983). The four-line poem inscribed on the plate was indentified by Fu Shen as being "Spring Dawn" by the T'ang dynasty poet Meng Hao-jan (689-740):
    {Spring Dawn} [Chn]
    Sleeping in spring, unaware of the dawn [Chn]
    Then everywhere I hear birds singing. [Chn]
    Last night, the sound of wind and the rain -- [Chn]
    Flowers have fallen, I wonder how many. [Chn]
  • Provenance

    To 1962
    N.V. Hammer, Inc., New York. [1]
    From 1962
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from N.V. Hammer, Inc., New York. [2]
    [1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.
    [2] See note 1.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Japanese Ceramics (June 22, 1982 to September 27, 1982)
    Japanese Ceramics (July 15, 1980 to June 21, 1982)
    Japanese Ceramics (April 11, 1978 to January 17, 1980)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    N.V. Hammer, Inc.
  • Origin

    Nangawara, Higuchi or Kamanotsuji kiln, Arita, Saga prefecture, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

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