Kutani style dish, Arita ware

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1644-1650
Porcelain with cobalt pigment under transparent glaze and enamels over glaze
Arita ware, Kutani type
H x W x D: 11.5 x 45.7 x 45.7 cm (4 1/2 x 18 x 18 in)
Japan, Saga prefecture, Arita, Yambeta kiln group
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Arita ware, Kutani type, bird, Edo period (1615 - 1868), flower, Japan, landscape, porcelain, WWII-era provenance

To 1967
Mayuyama & Co., Ltd.., Tokyo, Japan. [1]

From 1967
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Mayuyama & Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan. [2]


[1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Mayuyama & Co., Ltd.


This is one of a series of large Kutani-style dishes with bird-and-flower motifs related to Chinese painting.  The Kutani style of porcelain decoration, using green, yellow, and purple enamels, takes its name from a village in Kaga Province and formerly was thought to have been made there.  Recent archaeological excavations and scientific study have shown, however, that Kutani-style porcelain was made at kilns in Arita, Hizen Province.  Scholars disagree on the extent of such production in Kutani itself.

Published References
  • Jayne Shatz. Japanese Overglaze Enameled Porcelains:The Journey from Tradition to a Contemporary Palette. .
  • Zaigai Nihon no Shiho [Japanese Art: Selections from Western Collections]. 10 vols., Tokyo, 1979 - 1980. vol. 9: pl. 64.
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 71.
  • Imaizumi Motosuke. Shoki Arita to Kokutani. Tokyo. fig. 93.
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Thomas Lawton, Harold P. Stern. The Freer Gallery of Art. 2 vols., Washington and Tokyo, 1971-1972. cat. 107, vol. 2: p. 181.
  • Masterpieces of Chinese and Japanese Art: Freer Gallery of Art handbook. Washington, 1976. p. 86.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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