Dish with design of the Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido

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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

    Possibly Ohoyama kiln, Arita, Saga prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Porcelain with cobalt pigment under clear colorless glaze
  • Dimension

    H x Diam: 10.8 x 61.2 cm (4 1/4 x 24 1/8 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Dish of extraordinarily large size and weight with sides flaring in curve from low foot; five glaze scars from "spur" supports. Lip rim is thickened slightly with a flattened edge. Foot-rim is slanted in and slightly undercut inside and is unglazed on rounded bearing edge. Excellent condition, no apparent damage or repair. Mark in underglaze blue on base.
    Clay: white porcelain, on exposed biscuit of foot-rim it is discolored and dirty.
    Glaze: clear, high quality, felspathic, a very few pin holes and iron-spots.
    Decoration: painted in underglaze cobalt blue in outline and wash. Inside: 55 circular blue-banded landscape medallions connected in spiral progression by white bands bearing characters. The background is an all-over pattern of repeated single-dotted small circles. The subject is Tokaido Gojusan Tsugi, the 53 stages of the Tokaido, which is the old road between Edo (Tokyo) and Kyoto, as depicted in the famous series of prints by Hiroshige, published in 1834. The name of each station appears in the band leading to it. Outside: the entire back of cavetto is covered by an elaborated scroll. The basic eight large elements of the scroll design are attached to one another at four points by a five-petal blossom. Near the foot is a double and single ring band enclosing alternating x and = patterns, a double ring is on the outside of the foot and also on base near the foot-rim. Calligraphy of mark is strong and clear. Lip rim is banded in blue.
  • Marks

    Mark in underglaze blue on base: Tai Ming Seika nen sei, which is a copy of Chinese six-character Ch'eng-hua mark.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Games, Contests and Artful Play in Japan (March 19 to October 23, 2005)
    Artists of Edo (November 19, 2005 to May 29, 2006)
  • Origin

    Possibly Ohoyama kiln, Arita, Saga prefecture, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Anonymous gift in memory of Dr. Harold P. Stern
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