Tokkuri (sake decanter) of Imari ware with cranes - ROM2005_1595_4


Tokkuri (sake decanter) of Imari ware with cranes

Medium:Porcelain, Imari technique overglaze-painted
Geography: Japan
Date: early 19th century
Period: Edo period
19.6 x 9 cm
Object number: 923.44.5
On view
Gallery Location:Prince Takamado Gallery of Japan
Description Porcelain, a delicate ware that requires a high firing temperature, was introduced to Japan by Korean artisans in the 17th century. Hizen ware, the first and most popular porcelain in both domestic and foreign markets, is the name given to all types produced in the region including Imari, Kakiemon, and Nabeshima. The most distinctive characteristic of Japanese porcelain is the approach to decoration. Two techniques - designs in blue, applied before firing and glazing, and decorations with coloured enamels and gold, applied after firing and glazing - were adopted from China, where porcelain production originated. Japanese porcelain, however, developed its own signature styles, and these later influenced Chinese as well as European ceramic production.
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