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  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)
    Arita (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

Hexagonal-shaped porcelain jar. Overall decoration in underglaze blue, featuring a large tiger in the centre foreground. The tiger is looking up through trees and flowers towards the sky. The upper section of the vase, separated from the main body of the vase by a thin border, is decorated in blue with a repeat border. The outside of the neck of the jar is decorated with a blue floral and scroll design.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)
Arita (made)


1670-1700 (made)


Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain decorated in underglaze blue


Height: 15.25 in from register, Diameter: 11.5 in from register

Descriptive line

Porcelain jar decorated in underglaze blue; features a tiger surounded by trees and plants; Arita, 1670-1700.

Labels and date

Toshiba Gallery Redisplay
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




East Asia Collection

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