Nabeshima ware dish in seven-sun size

Historical period(s)
Meiji or Taisho era, 1868-1926
Porcelain with cobalt pigment under colorless glaze, enamels over glaze
Arita ware, Nabeshima type
H x W: 5.7 x 20.6 cm (2 1/4 x 8 1/8 in)
Japan, Saga prefecture, Imari
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Arita ware, Nabeshima type, Japan, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), porcelain, priest, Taisho era (1912 - 1926), WWII-era provenance
Provenance research underway.

Produced exclusively for use of the Nabeshima clan, within whose domain the porcelain center of Arita lay, Nabeshima ware was exquisitely executed. The shapes and designs were related to Japanese-style modes of painting and textiles. The motif on this dish derives from Chinese bird and flower painting.  Originally one of a set of five or multiples thereof, the dish would have been used in the service for a formal meal.

Published References
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 68.
  • Japanese Ceramics from Past to Present. Hong Kong, June 1983. p. 57.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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