Tankard of blue and white Hizen (Arita) ware - ROM2005_1581_12


Tankard of blue and white Hizen (Arita) ware

Medium:Porcelain with cobalt-blue underglaze paint
Geography: Japan
Date: 1660 - 1690 AD
Period: Edo period
24.2 x 20 x 16 cm
Object number: 949.248.2
Credit Line: Purchased with the generous support of the H.A. Norton Fund
On view
Gallery Location:Prince Takamado Gallery of Japan
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. Decoration of Japanese export ware like this piece was based on designs provided by the Dutch East India Company. European taste in Oriental ceramics had been formed by earlier Chinese designs. The hole in the handle was for a metal lid.
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