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

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1840-1850
Porcelain with cobalt pigment under clear colorless glaze
Arita ware
H x Diam: 10.8 x 61.2 cm (4 1/4 x 24 1/8 in)
Japan, Saga prefecture, Arita, Perhaps Ohoyama kiln
Credit Line
Anonymous gift in memory of Dr. Harold P. Stern
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Arita ware, city, cobalt pigment, Edo period (1615 - 1868), game playing, Japan, map, porcelain, WWII-era provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Mr. and Mrs. Province Henry


Guests at a banquet first encountered this massive dish arrayed with such delicacies as sliced raw fish (sashimi). After they enjoyed their meal, they would have discovered a second treat on the clean plate: a version of the board game sugoroku. They could toss dice to determine how to move forward or backward along the linked circles representing the fifty-three way stations along the Tokaido, the main highway between Edo and Kyoto. The design of this plate, based on a famous series of woodblock prints by Hiroshige (1797-1858), shows Nihonbashi, the Edo terminus, near the rim and Sanjo Bridge in Kyoto in the center.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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