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  • Place of origin:

    Arita (made)
    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    1670-1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain decorated in underglaze blue

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Japan, Room 45, The Toshiba Gallery, case 3

Porcelain was first made in Japan in the early years of the 17th century at kilns in and around the town of Arita in the northern part of the western island of Kyushu. The earliest pieces were designed for the domestic market. Production increased from 1650 onwards, with a large part of the industry being directed towards the making of ceramics for export to Europe. This jar, which may have formed part of a five-piece garniture, would originally have had a lid.

Physical description

Jar of porcelain, octagonal and swelling upward, painted in underglaze blue with tigers, dragons, bamboo and prunus.

Place of Origin

Arita (made)
Japan (made)


1670-1700 (made)


Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain decorated in underglaze blue


Height: 387 mm, Width: 286 mm

Object history note

Bought in Persia (Iran).

Descriptive line

Porcelain jar with decoration in underglaze blue; landscape scene with figures; Japan, Arita kilns, Edo period, 1670-1700

Labels and date

Pair of hexagonal jars

The most commonly found type of Japanese porcelain was decorated with designs painted in cobalt blue the glaze. Blue-and-white wares were made both for the Japanese market and, as in the case of these jars, for export abroad. Both of the jars would originally have had lids.

Arita kilns
Porcelain painted in underglaze blue
Museum nos. 419-1887; 1681-1876
Porcelain with decoration in underglaze blue
Tigers, dragons, bamboo and prunus
Arita Kilns
Bought in Persia
About 1650-1700 [1986]




Blue and white

Subjects depicted

Tigers; Dragons; Prunus tree; Bamboo


Ph_survey; Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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