Bowl for serving sweets

Artist: Imaizumi Imaemon XIII 13代 今泉今右衛門 (Japan, 1926-2001)
Historical period(s)
Showa era, ca. 1975-1984
Porcelain with cobalt pigment under clear glaze and enamels over glaze
Arita ware, Nabeshima type
H x Diam: 6.8 x 19 cm (2 11/16 x 7 1/2 in)
Japan, Saga prefecture, Arita
Credit Line
Purchase -- funds provided by the Women's Committee of the Smithsonian Associates
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Arita ware, Nabeshima type, Japan, porcelain, Showa era (1926 - 1989)
Provenance research underway.

The Imaizumi family specialized in enamel decoration of porcelain produced for the Nabeshima domain during the Edo period (1615-1868). In 1971 the collective skills of the workshop were designated an 'Important Intangible Cultural Property,' and Imaemon XII became a Living National Treasure. His son, Imaemon XIII, in turn received that honored designation. This bowl is based on a seventeenth-century Japanese Imari-ware design which in turn was inspired by decoration on sixteenth-century Chinese porcelain. The character (kyo) in the center means 'strong'.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
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