Bowl of Kinran-de (gold enamel) type, Ko-Imari style, Hizen ware. - ROM2005_1596_4


Bowl of Kinran-de (gold enamel) type, Ko-Imari style, Hizen ware.

Medium:Porcelain, overglaze-painted and gold-enameled
Geography: Japan
Date: 1710 - 1739 AD
Period: Edo period
5.9 x 12.9 cm
Object number: 961.73
Not on view
DescriptionPorcelain, 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." This piece is Ko-Imari ware decorated in underglaze blue, overglaze enamels, and on exterior kinran-de (gold-brocade style). The animal at the centre is a kirin, the same mythological animal seen on Kirin beer bottles. The mark on base reads "As rare as an exceptional jade or a precious [Chinese bronze] ding."
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