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  • Place of origin:

    Arita (made)
    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    1670-1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain decorated with overglaze enamels

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Japan, Room 45, The Toshiba Gallery, case 3

This large jar is an example of so-called Kakiemon-style ware, which is typified by the use of bright enamel colours on a fine white porcelain body. The name Kakiemon derives from the family of decorators reputed to have introduced the techniques of overglaze enamelling to Arita in western Japan in the 1640s. Kakiemon-style wares were the costliest and most sought after of all Japanese ceramics exported to Europe. They were widely copied by 18th-century European manufacturers

Physical description

Figures, prunus, bamboo and birds

Place of Origin

Arita (made)
Japan (made)


1670-1700 (made)


Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain decorated with overglaze enamels


Height: 50.2 cm, Diameter: 34.3 cm

Object history note

Bought in Persia (Iran).

Descriptive line

Vase, porcelain painted in overglaze enamels; Japan, Arita kilns (Kakiemon type), Edo period, 1670-1700

Labels and date


Kakiemon porcelain is typically painted in bright enamel colours. The name comes from the family of potters in Arita reputed to have introduced overglaze enamelling from China in the 1640s. Kakiemon wares were the costliest variety of porcelain exported from Japan. They were widely copied by European manufacturers. The jar would originally have had a lid.

Arita kilns
Porcelain painted in overglaze enamels (Kakiemon type)
Museum no. 1736-1876
Porcelain with decoration in overglaze enamels
Figure, prunus, bamboo and birds
Arita kilns (Kakiemon type)
About 1675-1700 [1986]




Painted; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Birds; Prunus tree; Figures; Bamboo


Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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