Decanter in ko-Imari style Hizen (Arita) ware - ROM2005_1582_9


Decanter in ko-Imari style Hizen (Arita) ware

Medium:Porcelain, underglaze-blue and overglaze enamel-painted
Geography: Japan
Date: 1680 - 1730 AD
Period: Edo period
22.8 x 11 cm
Object number: 978.311.1.A
Credit Line: Gift of Louise Hawley Stone
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 a Ko-Imari style Hizen (Arita) ware decorated in underglaze blue, overglaze enamels, and gold with a design of three flowering plants of autumn - chrysanthemum, hagi (Japanese bush clover), and kikyō (Chinese bellflower). It has inset niches with three-dimensional appliqué of Fūshin and Raijin (popular gods of wind and thunder), a cock and hen, and a peony in a rocky cranny.
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