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  • Place of origin:

    Arita (made)

  • Date:

    1650-1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain decorated in underglaze blue

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Miss Dorothy B. Simpson

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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 octagonal ovoid shape with almost straight octagonal neck rising from a sloping shoulder, the sides rising from a heavy, projecting circular foot; recessed, glazed base. Painted in rich greyish blue underglaze with a broad band round the sides containing a design of phoenixes among peony, camellia, bamboo and other plants on a rocky ground, with 'spearhead' border below, a border of karakusa scrollwork and chain of ruyi heads round the shoulder, and shell or leaf emblems alternately on mats round the neck.

Place of Origin

Arita (made)


1650-1700 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain decorated in underglaze blue


Height: 43.2 cm

Descriptive line

Jar, porcelain painted in underglaze blue; Japan, Arita kilns, Edo period, about 1650-1700

Labels and date

Porcelain with decoration in underglaze blue
Phoenixes, rocks and plants
Arita kilns About 1650-1700




Blue and white

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Ruyi; Phoenix birds; Rock; Scrollwork; Bamboo


Ph_survey; Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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