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  • Place of origin:

    Arita (made)

  • Date:

    1680-1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain decorated in underglaze blue; silver-gilt lid incorporating a silver coin

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sir Percival V. David, Esq.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 145, case 6, shelf 2

This tankard in European stoneware shape was made at Arita, where porcelain was made for export to Europe starting in about 1650. The decoration of figures in a fantastic landscape was probably drawn by a Japanese following a Dutch design after a Chinese original. Tankards of this kind were usually mounted in pewter or silver, and a pre-formed hole in the handle served for the attachment of a lid and thumb-rest. On this piece the German silver-gilt lid is inset with a coin commemorating John Ernest, Duke of Saxe-Weimar, and his seven sons. The coin was struck in 1616 and the lid has a punched date of 1664. The lid was probably not fitted to the pot, however, until the 19th century.

Physical description

Tankard with pear-shaped body decorated in underglaze blue; three reserved panels divided by floral scrolls painted with landscapes, figures and birds; mounted with silver-gilt lid incorporating a German coin dated 1616

Place of Origin

Arita (made)


1680-1700 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain decorated in underglaze blue; silver-gilt lid incorporating a silver coin


Height: 28.6 cm, Diameter: 15.9 cm

Descriptive line

Tankard, porcelain decorated in underglaze blue, with later silver mounts; Japan, Arita kilns, Edo period, 1680-1700




Blue and white; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Landscapes; Birds; Figures; Floral scrolls


Porcelain; Ceramics


East Asia Collection

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