Arita ware dish from a set of ten

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1740-1750
  • Geography

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

    Porcelain with cobalt pigment under clear glaze, enamels over celadon glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 3.1 x 22.5 x 22.5 cm (1 1/4 x 8 7/8 x 8 7/8 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    The dish was thrown on a potter's kickwheel and then shaped over a bisque-fired clay mold. The footrim was then trimmed. The molded ten-lobed rim is edged with iron brown and coated with green (celadon) glaze, while the interior is painted in cobalt pigment with a design of iris blooming by a stream, under a colorless transparent glaze.
    Overglaze enamels are used to outline the iris and wave pattern with gold and to render an auspicious design around the celadon rim of the crane and hairy-tailed tortoise (paired symbols of longevity) and pine and bamboo.
  • Provenance

    From 1950s – 1993
    Private collection, purchased in Japan in the 1950s. [1]
    From 1993
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of a private collector. [2]
    [1] According to the donor, object was purchased in Japan in the 1950s.
    [2] See Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Dinner for Five: Japanese Serving Dishes for Elegant Meals (March 4 to October 21, 2001)
  • Previous custodian or owner

  • Origin

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

    Gift of anonymous friends of Harold P. Stern
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